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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Once upon a time, there were just a few types of summer camps: sports for the jocks, Scouts for the adventurers and math camp for those who would just rather be back in the classroom.

How times have changed. Now, there’s a daytime summer escape to suit every child and any taste.

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Published May 13, 2015

WARREN — Every time Cromie Elementary School fifth-grader Alyssa Harris visited her uncle in St. Louis, he affectionately referred to her as “Jonesy.”

“He just starting calling me that,” she said. “It was my nickname.”

Harris lost her uncle to lung and brain cancer. Her grandmother now calls her “Jonesy,” but Harris doesn’t mind.

“When she says that to me, I feel he’s still with me,” Harris said.

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Published May 12, 2015

WARREN — The Academy of Warren charter school, located on Eight Mile Road at Schoenherr Road, will get a new look this summer.

Bids were received by the May 7 deadline, and plans are underway to house one building for the kindergarten through eighth-grade students, instead of the two separate buildings it has now. 

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Published May 11, 2015

Auto safety experts are inviting parents to sit down and review the facts of properly securing small children in the back seat to avoid accident-related injuries.

Alyson Kechkaylo, occupant protection program coordinator for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, is also a certified child passenger safety technician.

She said Michigan law basically requires kids to be secured in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. But parent compliance often varies depending on the child’s age, she explained.
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Published May 10, 2015

WARREN — Mayor Jim Fouts will face just one challenger, resident Karen Spranger, in his run for a third four-year term as Warren’s top administrator.

The withdrawal of two other candidates and the death of a third — career journalist Hawke Fracassa passed away suddenly April 30 — means there will not be a mayoral primary in August.

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Published May 9, 2015

WARREN/CENTER LINE — The group that gathered to pray around the flagpole outside Center Line City Hall on May 7 was smaller than the crowd assembled in prayer just north in neighboring Warren.

The group’s conviction, however, was no less powerful.

A little more than two dozen people came together to mark the 64th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer in Center Line. Those gathered offered prayers, sang and took turns asking God to bless elected officials, members of the military, educators, first responders, the media and others.

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Published May 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — May is Asthma Awareness Month, and local doctors and the American Lung Association are urging the approximately 25 million people in the United States who suffer from asthma to learn how to take control of the disease.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Embarking on the search for a new home can be daunting, especially for first-time buyers, so C & G Newspapers asked several experts, including real estate agents and a representative from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, for guidance.

John Kurczak, a Keller Williams Realtor, said the best way to start is to find out what you can afford.

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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

WARREN -- Are City Council members still governed by term limits in Warren?

The short answer, at least for now, is that it depends on who you ask.

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Published May 6, 2015

CENTER LINE — The first annual Center Line Public Schools academic showcase will have it all: art, service projects, robotics, displays, live music, academic achievements, school pride and fun.

Everyone is invited to the event, titled “Making the World a Better Place,” which will be held from 5-8 p.m. May 14 at Center Line High School, 26300 Arsenal St.

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Published May 6, 2015

WARREN — Douglas Marshall and Chris McLaughlin walked into Warren’s City Hall atrium a few minutes after 11 a.m. April 30 carrying a table, a placard, various pieces of literature and some buttons.

They were there to set up a “reason station.” The things they carried promoted the concepts of free thought and a world without God. 

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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 4, 2015

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

WARREN — The 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe, will be celebrated locally with several special events planned for May 8-9.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said the city anticipates that more than 200 veterans will attend an event at 2 p.m. May 8 recognizing all those who served in the military. Fouts, who has hosted several programs for veterans in the past, said the May 8 gathering would be a “final great tribute to World War II veterans.”

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Published May 4, 2015

WARREN — Like many veterans of World War II, Steve Scarsella speaks little about his military service, other than to say he did the job he was asked to do.

He was born in Italy and came to the United States in 1937. He was made a citizen when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. Eight months later, he landed in northern France to fight the Germans on D-Day.

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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 May 1, 2015

WARREN — Hawke Fracassa, a journalist-turned-mayoral-candidate known for his unabashed opinions and for wearing his heart on his sleeve, died suddenly April 30, sources confirmed at press time.

A career newspaperman who worked as a reporter and editor at The Detroit News, Fracassa, 55, had filed to oppose Mayor Jim Fouts in this year’s Warren election. He ran as a Republican for the Michigan Senate last year, and in the past also unsuccessfully ran for various seats, including the Warren City Council.

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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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