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Published June 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Two Shelby Township police officers recently underwent a four-day training course to inspect and install car seats. Residents are encouraged to make a free appointment with them at the Police Department.

The process will take approximately 25 minutes and alleviate a lot of the stress and worry that parents and caregivers might feel about properly installing car seats themselves, Police Chief Robert Shelide said.

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Published June 20, 2016

UTICA — Following a contentious town hall meeting on the impact of Jimmy John’s Field’s Friday night fireworks, the Utica City Council voted unanimously to allow the weekly displays for four weeks pending further review and a second town hall.

The town hall will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 at Utica City Hall, 7550 Auburn Road.

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Published June 15, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On June 7, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the site plan for the township’s fifth fire station on a 4-acre parcel of land located near 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the station will address a big void of fire service in the southeastern section of the township, and that he believes its implementation will result in a lower overall ISO rating.

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Published June 15, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When the kids are out of school for the summer, many parents and children may be thankful for an energy-channeling outlet away from television and video games.

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Published June 14, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Do you think your garden stands out? Or do you particularly appreciate the effort put into a certain neighbor’s or local business’s landscaping?

The Shelby Township Beautification Committee will accept nominations for its annual Beautification Awards through the end of June. The awards celebrate extensive floral and landscaping achievement.

To submit yours or another’s yard for consideration, contact the Clerk’s Office at (586) 731-5102 or send an email to trichie@shel bytwp.org by June 30.

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Published June 13, 2016

UTICA — At approximately 1:25 p.m. May 31, a loss prevention officer at the Target on Hall Road observed three men who matched a description, down to their exact clothing, of suspects who cleared out a different Target’s stock of Nicorette gum the day before.

Utica Police Chief David Faber said Target had sent information about the theft to all of its stores in case the suspects repeated the crime.

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Published June 13, 2016

UTICA — Utica’s premier four-day festival and summer opener will return to the heart of its downtown Thursday, June 23, through Sunday, June 26.

This year’s Riverwalk Festival will focus on entertainers from the Shelby-Utica area and an abundance of family fun.

New this year will be additional parking and free Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) shuttle buses circulating through the lots to bring visitors to the source of the action and back to their vehicles.

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Published June 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A local eyesore on the southwest corner of 21 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue will soon be razed and replaced by a mattress store and likely a restaurant with a drive-thru window.

The former Big Boy restaurant, which closed in 2011, has become derelict over the past five years, with holes in the roof and extensive damage to both the exterior and interior of the building.

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Published June 8, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Packard Proving Grounds’ long-running Cars ‘R’ Stars show will return Sunday, June 12. The gates will open at 8 a.m. and close at 3 p.m., and admission will cost $5 for adults and be free for children ages 12 and younger.

Each year, the core group of organizers comes up with a special feature, and this year the special feature is iconic fins and family haulers, or station wagons.

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Published June 8, 2016

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

The final counts are in, and the community dropped off 148 pounds of unused prescription medications last month.

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Published June 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — With the weather warming up, now is an ideal time to focus on the outdoor extension of your home.

Whether you’re on a budget or have some cash to spare, local experts weighed in on the hottest trends and ways to spruce up patios.

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Published June 7, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In an effort to establish open communication with more facets of the community, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide recently launched an initiative to pair a police officer with each place of worship in the township.

“We’re just making contacts, finding what the issues and problems are, and getting the program up and running,” Shelide said. “We want churches to know our people and be able to pick the phone up and call them. It’s just all about relationship building.”

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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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Published June 2, 2016

UTICA — Andy Appleby’s lifelong dream became reality on Memorial Day, as he opened the gates to Jimmy John’s Field for the inaugural game of the United Shore Professional Baseball League.

Appleby is the founder and chairman of the independent baseball league, which is featuring three teams playing a schedule of 75 games this summer at the 4,000-plus-seat stadium located in downtown Utica.

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Published June 2, 2016

At approximately 8:05 a.m. June 2, police and firefighters responded to Malow Junior High School, 6400 25 Mile Road, after two smoke bombs about the size of a soda can were set off in the cafeteria.

When police arrived, all of the students were in the process of evacuating the building.

Jason Schmittler, acting deputy chief of the Shelby Township Police Department, said police arrested five juveniles — all students at Malow Junior High School — and that the incident lasted less than an hour.

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Published June 1, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Safe Routes to School program is an initiative to provide federal funding to close gaps that exist in sidewalks around schools for the safety and physical fitness of students.

On May 17, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously authorized township engineering firm Fazal Khan & Associates to partner with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the Michigan Fitness Foundation to assess the township’s grant eligibility and create an action plan.

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Published May 31, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With selfies and social media synonymous with a younger generation, and trees synonymous with Shelby Township, the township’s latest community relations intern concocted a plan to unite the two.

Elena Simopoulos, 20, a Shelby Township resident and political science major at the University of Michigan, said she saw an opportunity with Instagram, a photo-sharing social media platform.

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Published May 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On May 21 and 22, the Shelby Township Relay for Life celebrated its 10th year in a row of striving to raise awareness and fund research for all types of cancer through the American Cancer Society.

More than 1,000 people participated in the 24-hour event at River Bends Park, including 41 teams and 90 registered cancer survivors. The event had raised approximately $137,000 at press time. The ACS will accept funds through Aug. 31.

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Published May 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When high school prom and graduation season rolls around, many communities see an uptick in the number of underage drinking incidents.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Michigan Executive Director Tyler MacEachran said underage drinking is the No. 1 killer of teens, and two-thirds of teenage alcohol-related deaths are unrelated to being behind the wheel.

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Published May 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Thanks to a grant, all 25 fire departments in Macomb County received classroom and hands-on training to recognize the signs of an impending flashover.

On May 25, Shelby Township and Utica firefighters were among those who endured a flashover simulation in a specially designed 50-foot trailer in the parking lot of the former Sunnybrook site in Sterling Heights.

A flashover occurs when all of the combustible particles in the air simultaneously ignite, sending a wave of fire that can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees throughout an enclosure.

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