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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Mother’s Day is just around the corner. But when a special lady in your life has given you cherished memories or sage advice to take with you through the years, isn’t every day Mother’s Day just a little bit?

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Published May 6, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide formally introduced the new deputy chief position, which replaced the rank of captain, at a promotional ceremony April 27.

“I think it’s very important for the citizens to understand who the second-in-command in the Police Department is, and with the rank of captain, the reality is unless you’ve been in the military or around some kind of police department, most people don’t know where the rank of captain falls in the rank structure,” Shelide said.

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Published May 6, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 9 a.m. May 30, Macomb Literacy Partners will host its fifth annual Run 2 Read event at Stony Creek Metropark. Participants can take part in a 5K or 10K run, or a 5K walk.

Proceeds from the event will help the nonprofit organization with its goal of providing free services to help eliminate adult illiteracy in Macomb County.

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Published May 6, 2015

Spring in Michigan today means pothole and orange barrel season. But 100 years ago, around when this photo of a stretch of 22 Mile Road in Shelby Township was taken, spring meant axle-deep mud and sunbaked ruts in the many miles of dirt road. In the 1840s, some roads were paved with planks of wood to help make them passable in most weather. Romeo Plank Road and Utica Road were both plank roads. But plank roads were difficult and expensive to maintain, requiring nearly constant replacement of rotten, warped and cracked boards. Most local roads remained unpaved well into the 20th century.

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Published May 5, 2015

Michigan roads are a disaster. That’s no surprise, as residents in C & G Newspapers’ coverage area have voiced their concerns about the dilapidated roads and growing potholes.

Voters were asked to decide on a proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution, increasing the sales/use tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. And on May 5, 80 percent of voters turned down Proposal 1, 1,405,716 votes to 349,813 votes, according to the state of Michigan’s unofficial election results.

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Published May 5, 2015

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny.


The jazz guitarist and composer, who has won 20 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million records, will be performing with a number of other jazz greats — including Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and the Gary Burton Quartet — during the festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

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Published May 5, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On May 7, Wayne State University graduating senior Nazmine Sohi, 21, of Shelby Township, will speak during her class’s 10 a.m. graduation ceremony at Ford Field. More than 3,800 students will graduate that Saturday in two ceremonies.

Sohi, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in food and nutrition, plans to attend medical school in Virginia in the fall and become a dermatologist. This summer, she said, she plans to launch an e-course about topics pertaining to healthy living and positivity.

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Published May 4, 2015

Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Peter Maceroni sentenced a Shelby Township man who pleaded guilty to robbing three Shelby Township businesses at knifepoint in August to a minimum of nine years in prison May 4.

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Published May 4, 2015

UTICA — A Sterling Heights mother has organized a blood drive at her Utica church on May 9, just four months after blood transfusions saved her life during surgery for a pregnancy complication.

Approximately 30 minutes after giving birth to her second daughter Jan. 3, doctors told Gabriela Harris, 28, that she would need surgery.

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Published May 4, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY —
Last year’s magic number was 300,000.

That was approximately how many pounds of food Macomb County residents donated during the National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Postal Service “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive held in 2014.

Macomb Food Program coordinator Linda Azar said the donations fed more than 140,000 Macomb County residents and that without the Postal Service’s food drive, “I don’t know what we would do.”

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Published May 4, 2015

Warmer weather means it’s more likely for bikers to take their prized possessions for a ride on Michigan’s roads. And that means everyone on the road needs to be cautious, whether on two wheels or four.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz said drivers should never tailgate a motorcycle or abruptly change lanes in front of one.

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Published April 30, 2015

Michigan’s no-fault insurance law, which has existed for around four decades, could face significant changes if the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder pass through pending legislation, according to activists on both side of the debate.

Senate Bill 248 passed the Senate April 16, and a state House version passed in a House committee April 23. A full House vote is expected to take place soon.

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Published April 30, 2015

The eyes of the nation were on the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28 as it heard arguments for and against same-sex marriage. The cases were brought forth by Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.  

The first issue, directly involving Michigan, is whether it’s constitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The other issue is whether all states must recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

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Published April 29, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Farmers Market will kick off its seventh annual season at the Packard Proving Grounds on Saturday, May 9. The market is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday through October, rain or shine.

Market Manager Mary Anne Demo said the Shelby Farmers Market will host a slew of new vendors and events, as well as bring back some market staples.

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Published April 29, 2015

Walking into a home without wall art would be almost as jarring as stepping inside an observatory and seeing no telescopes, or eating at a Mexican restaurant and not being served chips and salsa.

People sense the ambiance when standing inside a building. And no matter what the setting is or what is taking place in that particular environment, people often expect to see aesthetically pleasing and visually stimulating art.

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Published April 29, 2015

It’s so easy to honor a new graduate’s accomplishment with a gift card, a fancy tech device or even just some cash tucked into an envelope.

But there are other gifts you can give that student starting a new chapter in his or her life that involve a bit more thought and creativity. Those gifts, of course, mean so much more than their monetary value.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As artillery and troops traveled overseas to fight in World War II, metro Detroiters who remained at home stayed productive by making the equipment needed to defeat the Axis powers.


Ron Lamparter, who owns the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy in Sterling Heights, said dozens of books and tens of thousands of pages have been written about Detroit’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy” in World War II.

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Published April 29, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Every year, the Shelby Township Fire Local 1338 puts on a few major events to raise money for various charitable organizations, Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said.

According to Swinkowski, firefighters raised more than $25,000 for local charities in 2014.

This year, the union’s 25th annual Red Hot Night, which took place on Valentine’s Day, raised a record $17,100 for the Great Lakes Burn Camp, a nonprofit organization that provides camping experiences for burn victims, specifically children ages 6-17.

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Published April 29, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — One of the Americans who faced 22,000 Japanese troops at Iwo Jima and claimed victory after 35 days of fighting during World War II shared his story as the 70th anniversary of the end of the war approaches.

When Benard Wesolowski, 90, of Shelby Township, was 19 years old and growing up in Hamtramck, he decided to volunteer for the military in order to avoid the draft. He had never traveled before, but his service would take him to California, Hawaii and Japan.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Not every American who fought for victory during World War II wore a uniform on foreign shores.

You won’t find their tales often in history books, but rather in journals and family photo albums.

The work done and sacrifices made by women during the war are heroic in their own right, though those ladies aren’t always given the full credit they’re due.

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