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Published December 9, 2015

WARREN — The annual Robotics, Engineering and Technology (RET) Days held at the South Campus of Macomb Community College continues to grow year after year.

Now in its 10th year, this year’s event on Dec. 2-3 gave approximately 3,100 middle and high school students the opportunity to perform hands-on activities in renewable energy, mechatronics, underwater robotics, solar power, 3-D printing, virtual welding and more. Electric vehicles were set up, and students could participate in an electric model vehicle race.

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Published December 9, 2015

WARREN — It was in the planning stages for three years, and this year the new Warren Mott High School St. John Providence School-Based Health Center finally opened.

The clinic is housed right inside the high school and offers the following services to Mott students at no cost: general health assessments, sports physicals, standard sick care, immunizations, vision and hearing testing, laboratory screenings, health education, nutritional services, behavioral health counseling and more.

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Published December 7, 2015

WARREN — The Warren City Council and Mayor Jim Fouts are at odds over plans for a used car lot near Eight Mile and Mound.

Council members, who unanimously approved plans for two used car lots late last month based on recommendations from Warren’s Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, essentially praised the proposals as good deals that would eliminate blight, improve public safety and bring added investments. 

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Published December 4, 2015

WARREN — Start spreading the news: The city of Warren will host a “Salute to Sinatra” on Dec. 12.

“The show will start at 8 p.m. It’s at the Warren Community Center,” Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said. “Tickets are only $10 and are still available. It will be a celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th year from his birth.”

The tribute will include a performance by Mark Randisi and his quartet. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and tickets are available by calling (586) 268-8400.

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Published December 3, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel filled the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with positive vibes as he presented his fifth State of the County address on Dec. 2.

Hackel, standing in front of a large video screen that flashed photos, videos and impressive stats throughout the 45-minute address, delved into the county’s achievements in recent years and its thrilling future.

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Published December 2, 2015

WARREN — ’Tis the season for giving.

That’s the philosophy behind two organizations seeking volunteers to help carry out their missions to benefit children and senior citizens.

Socks for Seniors, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, is looking for coordinators in the Warren area to help with collecting socks this year for local senior citizens. The nonprofit community service project organizes, collects and distributes new socks for senior citizens in communities all over the country.

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Published December 1, 2015

WARREN — A man suspected of stealing cash from several Warren churches was in custody Dec. 1, hours after he allegedly broke into a collection box at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chaldean Catholic Church on 12 Mile Road, east of Van Dyke.

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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

WARREN — When she was in the ninth grade, Julie DuBois dropped out of school.

Last May, the 37-year-old Sterling Heights resident found herself in class again. At the encouragement of her boyfriend, DuBois enrolled in the GED program available at Leaps and Bounds Family Services in Warren.

Working one-on-one with a teacher, DuBois is on her way to earning her GED.

“It’s been going good so far,” DuBois said. “I thought I would never be able to do this, but I’m doing pretty good, actually.”

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Published November 25, 2015

TROY — Good grief.

It had been 40 years since the 1975 production of Lincoln High School’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and it was time to reunite the cast.

On the evening of Nov 17, the cast members — some who haven’t seen each other since the mid-1970s — gathered for a 40-year reunion at Shield’s Restaurant and Pizzeria.

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Published November 25, 2015

WARREN — New Warren City Treasurer Lorie Barnwell knows she has work to do and an agenda to meet. 

Two weeks after 58 percent of the city’s voters picked her to oversee payments received and shepherd investments for the next four years, Barnwell said she was already preparing to address goals established by the residents themselves during the campaign.

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Published November 25, 2015

WARREN — Plans to put a new Meijer store on the property where Bi-County Hospital has stood since the mid-1960s have cleared Warren’s City Council and Planning Commission. 

Council members voted 6-1 Nov. 10 to rezone the hospital property, located on the northwest corner of 10 Mile and Schoenherr. On Nov. 16, members of the Planning Commission unanimously approved a site plan for the development with a list of changes and conditions.

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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 23, 2015

WARREN — No one worked harder than Hubert Leech to spotlight Warren’s rich history. 

It was only fitting on Nov. 15 that the city officially dedicated the Hubert Leech Historical Research Center in his honor.

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Published November 20, 2015

WARREN — Richard Sulaka served Warren for 16 years as its elected clerk and a member of the City Council.

Perhaps what he’ll be best remembered for was his no-nonsense, hands-on approach to leadership, his affable personality and his ardent support for his family, his legions of friends and the community he loved.

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Published November 19, 2015

WARREN — An 11-year-old boy died after he was struck by a car while crossing Nine Mile Road at Weller, east of Schoenherr, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

Warren Police Detective Lt. Bob Ahrens said the child was reportedly on his way to a nearby store for his mother when he was struck on Nine Mile by a 1994 Chevy Camaro heading west.

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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

WARREN — Warren police are looking for a man who made a clean getaway after he allegedly used a gun to rob a car wash employee on Nov. 14.

Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt of the Warren Police Department said officers were dispatched to the $2 Car Wash on Mound Road north of 13 Mile Road at 7:02 p.m. to investigate a reported armed robbery.

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Published November 13, 2015

CENTER LINE — An American flag that flew over the Al Anbar Province of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom will now be displayed inside a Center Line High School hallway.

During the school’s second annual Veterans Day ceremony held the evening of Nov. 10, U.S. Navy veteran Mike Sharples, who served in Iraq, donated the flag to the staff and students.

The school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Panther Battalion, along with instructor Sgt. 1st Class Janet Verlinde, organized last week’s ceremony.

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Published November 13, 2015

WARREN — Tears formed in Robert Ostrowski’s eyes when remembering his military stint during the Vietnam War.

“I lost a lot of friends over there,” said the U.S. Marine Corps cook, who served from 1968 to 1970. “I still think about them.”

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