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Published December 1, 2015

UTICA — The sounds of carolers, sleigh bells and Santa’s belly laugh will fill the streets of downtown Utica beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

The city’s annual Christmas and tree-lighting program will feature the arrival of the jolly old saint on a fire truck, and together he and Mayor Jacqueline Noonan will light the decorations at Utica City Hall.

There will be a craft table set up for children to make a holiday decoration, and everyone will be invited to enjoy hot cider and doughnuts at the Utica Fire Department, located at 7609 Auburn Road.

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Published November 30, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The 40th annual Potters Market, featuring 140 artists, will return to Southfield from Friday to Sunday, Dec. 4-6.

The popular holiday shopping destination runs 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Parking and admission are free.

There also is a preview event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, which will cost $10 per person. With an annual attendance of approximately 8,000 visitors, the preview sale is a way to get first dibs on the show’s approximately 35,000 pieces.

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Published November 30, 2015

UTICA — At approximately 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, police responded to Dick’s Sporting Goods, near Hall and Schoenherr roads, for a retail fraud in progress.

The caller said the suspect, a black female, removed several North Face jackets from the rack, ran out of the store without paying, and got into a white Chevrolet Malibu driven by a white male.

The caller stated that the duo fled the lot south toward Hall Road.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 25, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Come the end of the year, Stephen Cassin, who has served as the executive director of the Macomb County Planning and Economic Development Department since he was appointed in 2002, will retire from the position.

But he will not hang up his planner hat yet.

Cassin said he will work at an urban planning consulting firm and teach urban planning graduate courses at Oakland University through the winter.

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Published November 25, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the third time since 2012, Shelby Township is involved in a towing lawsuit.

On Oct. 28, Ruehle’s Towing and Jimmy’s Towing Recovery and Transport sued Shelby Township, its Board of Trustees and individually Supervisor Richard Stathakis, Clerk Stan Grot, Treasurer Michael Flynn, trustee Paul Viar, trustee Paula Filar, trustee Doug Wozniak and Police Chief Robert Shelide.

Ruehle’s Towing had provided the township’s towing services since securing the contract on Feb.21, 2012.

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Published November 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Experts say it’s “back to basics” when it comes to decorating for the holidays, both inside and out of the home.

Minimalistic décor featuring natural elements like pine cones and live greenery, and rustic fabrics like burlap and plaid, are popular. Many people also are opting to purchase pre-decorated, grab-and-go items to add instant flair without the hassle.

“Less is more,” said Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township’s hometown Christmas event, Christmas Aglow, which has been a community staple for more than three decades, will return at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

The free event will feature a multitude of elements designed to provide family fun, spread cheer and promote Shelby Township recreation.

New this year is the addition of a costumed Minion character from the movie “Despicable Me.”

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Published November 18, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shopping for loved ones and book lovers gets a little easier around this time of year with the Shelby Township Library’s Christmas book-bundle sale.

The sale features approximately 300 bundles of books — grouped by topic and age group — for $6 each. It runs through Dec. 22 at the library, located at 51680 Van Dyke Ave., north of 23 Mile Road.

Maryann Ross, library bookstore director and vice president of the nonprofit group Friends of the Shelby Township Library, said preparations for the book sale begin as early as April.

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Published November 18, 2015

UTICA — The much-anticipated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant for $4.5 million to clean up 9 miles of the Clinton River — 2 miles in Utica and 7 miles in Sterling Heights — will be implemented over the next several years.

The grant, which requires no match from either municipality, is part of a larger $20 million grant to fund 11 projects throughout the watershed. It was made possible through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a bipartisan commitment to clean up the largest freshwater basin in the world.

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Published November 18, 2015

UTICA — The Clinton River Watershed Council’s community initiative, WaterTowns, aims to help cities develop projects to improve the health of the watershed and enhance spaces.

The city of Utica is one of three WaterTowns this year, along with Sterling Heights and Rochester Hills. Utica is unique in that it has the only downtown located directly on the riverfront, Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan said.

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Published November 18, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — While nothing has been formally approved except for the removal of some vegetation at the future site of the Shelby Township Fire Department’s fifth station, Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said he is hopeful that it will be operational in 2016.

The 4-acre parcel, acquired by the Fire Department in 2012, is located on the east side of Schoenherr Road, north of 21 Mile Road. Swinkowski said the department first began talking about a fifth station in 2005 in order to address a developing community.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 17, 2015

On Nov. 17, 22-year-old Audrionna Rhoades, of Shelby Township, received a sentence of three years of probation for a charge of felony child abuse — leaving a child in a vehicle resulting in death.

Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Faunce gave Rhoades credit for 228 days of jail time served. The charge carries a recommended sentence of 15-25 months in prison or a fine of up to $10,000.

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Published November 17, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In March, the idea of donating 1 percent of all sales of new flavor Michigan Pot Hole during the 2015 ice cream season to the Michigan Department of Transportation started as a tongue-in-cheek gesture.

Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream, whose headquarters is in Shelby Township, did not expect the flavor to take off as much as it did.

On Nov. 7, Dianne Tunison, the company’s sales and marketing manager, presented MDOT Director Kirk Steudle with a check for $2,341 at Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream’s Flavor Day in Lansing.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 11, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 2, Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot swore in four new police officers at the township municipal building, which brought the township’s number of sworn officers to 64.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hire of six replacement, probationary, entry-level patrol officers on Oct. 6, but only four made it through the vetting process.

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Published November 11, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — State Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, will host two town hall meetings with identity theft experts from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and local police departments to protect residents from fraud.

With the holidays coming up, Lucido said, many people are more vulnerable to fraud because they have a lot on their minds while using credit cards. The forums, he said, will provide people with helpful tips to avoid having to rebuild their identities.

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Published November 11, 2015

UTICA — You may have seen Ted Zimmerman, a six-year resident, zipping around the streets of Utica and surrounding municipalities on his motorized scooter.

Over time, city workers have formed a partnership-turned-friendship with Zimmerman.

“We see him all the time,” said Rick Smith, a jack-of-all-trades at the Utica Department of Public Works. “He lets us know, when he’s cruising around town in his wheelchair, if there’s an issue here, an issue there, if we have a pole that has an issue and different things.”

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