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Published May 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — With summer around the corner, the Shelby-Utica Post Office is reminding residents to take heed of something they otherwise may not think much about: their mailboxes.

“It’s important that mailboxes are in good working order and properly installed and in the proper place to ensure accurate delivery to each box,” Branch Manager Eric Osterbeck said. “(It) improves the appearance of our community and makes delivering and receiving mail safer for our carriers and customers.”

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Published May 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On May 17, Supervisor Rick Stathakis presented two former Shelby Township residents who manifested their hometown pride in a unique way with an official Shelby Township flag that had flown over the township’s veterans memorial.

Matthew Abdo, 31, of Ferndale, and Jordan Corsetti, 24, of Sterling Heights, grew up as neighbors in Shelby Township. They created a homemade Shelby Township flag and took it on their various travels.

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Published May 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — While Veterans Day is a time to celebrate, Memorial Day is a more somber occasion to pay tribute to the heroes who died in the line of duty.

Shelby Township’s annual Memorial Day service is set to take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the veterans memorial located on the municipal grounds, 52700 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road.

Phil Randazzo, the township’s veteran events coordinator, said he chose to dedicate this year’s Memorial Day service to Ed Young, who passed away April 28 at the age of 85.

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Published May 24, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb Food Program recently received more than 300,000 pounds of food thanks to the 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Postal Service Food Drive.

The May 14 countywide drive netted a total of 500,000 pounds of food. The food helps feed families, seniors, veterans, children and the homeless throughout the county.

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Published May 23, 2016

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — On May 16, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Edward Servitto set a trial date for a carjacking case in which a Pontiac man allegedly held up a Washington Township man at knifepoint near the Macomb Orchard Trail and drove off in the victim’s truck Jan 2.

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Published May 18, 2016

UTICA — The Utica Fire Department recently signed on with the new Macomb County division of a disaster relief mutual aid system, although Fire Chief Kevin Wilseck said the department had joined the system with an Oakland County division six or seven years ago.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, or MABAS, is a system designed to streamline fire services across Michigan for daily mutual aid and large-scale emergencies, such as major fires, train derailments, tornadoes, wildfires, domestic or foreign terrorism, or other events that may overwhelm local resources.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Six out of seven counties in southeast Michigan reported residential construction growth in 2015 compared to 2014, according to a recently released report by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

Janet Mocadlo, a SEMCOG planner and data analyst, said the report revealed a trend of rising apartment construction, especially in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

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Published May 18, 2016

UTICA — On May 10, the Utica City Council unanimously voted to allocate $1,500 toward legal action that the nonprofit group Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government plans to take against the state of Michigan.

The newly formed movement claims that the state shortchanged local municipalities “by miscounting under the Headlee Amendment the money that constitutes revenue sharing,” Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan said.

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Published May 18, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At Oakland University May 13, the Chiquitos Bilingual Montessori hosted its first art exhibition for its elementary students to show off a collection of more than 100 artworks from throughout the school year.

Pieces from each of the Spanish immersion school’s art projects were on display, and the young artists wore burgundy caps to distinguish themselves. The evening included live violin music and a Mexican food buffet.

Approximately 100 people attended the event, which took place in a banquet room inside the Oakland Center.

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Published May 18, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Ric-Man Construction resumed final paving operations along 24 Mile Road April 18 and appears to be on schedule to finish the 7-mile water main project by the end of June.

“I think all of the full closures are all done with right now,” Shelby Township Deputy Supervisor Brad Bates said. “A traffic crew is out there doing traffic control, so they can do paving without shutting down the road.”

He said the paving process is progressing quickly, with crews working on a different spot each day.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 17, 2016

UTICA — On May 10, the Utica City Council unanimously approved a motion by Mayor Jacqueline Noonan to allow consumer-grade fireworks shows at Jimmy John’s Field on June 3 and 10, and to review the other 15 requested dates for fireworks shows at its next meeting June 14.

Noonan and several members of the City Council voiced concerns about the noise and light produced by the fireworks. Noonan said the city will hold a public town hall preceding the June 14 meeting to gain input on its final decision.

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Published May 16, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On May 11, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Toia sentenced Joseph Wolf, 52, of Shelby Township, to two years of reporting, supervised probation and lifted Wolf’s bond provision that barred him from coaching.

Wolf is the former director and founding member of the Detroit Metro Stars, a nonprofit youth baseball league. During a routine audit, the Michigan Gaming Control Board discovered a misuse in the handling of funds, which led to a criminal investigation.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 11, 2016

UTICA — At press time, 16 misdemeanors had been filed against one of the residents of a home on Nancy Avenue from which Macomb County Animal Control removed a large number of dogs March 31.

Macomb County Animal Control Chief Jeff Randazzo said his agency removed 40 dogs, including puppies, and nine cats and issued a number of license violations to the homeowners. He said the homeowners appeared to be breeding the dogs to sell, and operating a kennel out of a home would violate Utica’s city ordinance.

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Published May 11, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A local restaurant owner issued a challenge that if the Shelby Township Police Department could collect 100 pounds of prescription medications this month, he would donate $1,000 to its Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

The challenge came as a result of the Police Department’s 167-pound prescription medication takeaway during the township’s annual hazardous household waste collection event April 30.

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Published May 10, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The eighth annual Shelby Farmers Market will roll back into town Saturday, May 14, at the Packard Proving Grounds. The market is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through October, rain or shine.

This year, the popular Amish booth will expand to three booths, and a new chef will serve up samples of items available at the market and hand out recipes.

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Published May 9, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS/UTICA — Some local high school students will be able to see their work used in the real world thanks to a partnership between Jimmy John’s Field and Henry Ford II High School.

Brian Berryman, executive director of baseball operations for the United Shore Professional Baseball League, said he reached out to the school with the idea of a storage space for bats and helmets at the ball field. Staff and students took a rendering of the project and ran with it.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

On April 25, the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and and Industry held a town hall meeting to discuss the Michigan Department of Transportation’s 2017 Hall Road reconstruction project.

The approximately 1.8-mile project will redo Hall Road from Delco Boulevard, just east of M-53, to Hayes Road. It will cost approximately $32 million, most of which will come from federal road funds.

The scope of the project includes pavement reconstruction, drainage improvements, handicapped-accessible ramps, sidewalks and landscaping.

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