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Published June 14, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Images of billiard balls and the word “Bingo” were still painted on the wall as more than 50 people gathered inside the future home of the Clinton-Macomb library’s South Branch June 10.

The Clinton-Macomb Public Library system last month closed a $1.4 million deal on the former site of Hollywood Video and Slapsticks Billiards on Gratiot north of 15 Mile.

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Published June 14, 2013

A zombie-killing hero from TV’s “The Walking Dead” recently stopped by the Shelby Township Veterans Memorial to honor some real-life heroes.

Afterward, Steven Yeun, who plays pizza-delivery-boy-turned-resourceful-apocalyptic-survivor Glenn Rhee on the acclaimed AMC show, visited Shelby Township for an interview with Shelby TV. The interview will be broadcast later this month.

Shelby Township Veterans Events Coordinator Phil Randazzo greeted the Korean-born actor at the memorial June 13, where they paid tribute to the fallen Shelby Township veterans.

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Published June 13, 2013

MOUNT CLEMENS — Having sat quietly through years of court proceedings, the Clinton Township grandmother convicted of drowning her grandson in January 2010 spoke at her sentencing, only to softly thank those who handled the case and tell her family that she loved them.

Terry Borgia, 64, was sentenced June 12 in Macomb County Circuit Court to life in prison without parole for the drowning of 4-year-old DeAngelo Tobia.

To DeAngelo’s parents, Bashar and Amelia Alkasmikha, he was a happy, good-hearted child who didn’t deserve his fate.

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Published June 11, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Nearly 100 American flags will line Gratiot this summer through a patriotic service project put on by the Kiwanis Club of Clinton Valley.

This is the first year for the program, which allows businesses along the two-and-a-half mile strip of Gratiot in Clinton Township to participate for $50.

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Published June 11, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township’s finance and human resources departments are no longer expected to merge.

The Clinton Township board on June 3 voted 5-2 to rescind a February vote to merge the township’s finance and human resources departments into a single department responsible for all accounting, budgeting, labor relations, employee benefits management and risk management issues.

Trustee Dean Reynolds, who was absent for the February vote due to illness, brought the matter back before the board, taking issue with a few of its provisions.

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Published June 10, 2013

FRASER — With hard hats and shovels in hand, city officials and local civic organizers behind an effort to build a barrier-free playground at Fraser’s McKinley Park gathered June 6 to mark the first phase of construction with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

Scott Lockwood, the city’s consulting engineer, said construction ideally would begin as soon as late summer or early fall and last until spring 2014.

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Published June 7, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A citizens advisory committee tasked with studying revenues for Clinton Township fire services will be meeting during the next month.

The committee met for the first time on June 5, and additional meetings are slated for June 14 in Conference Room 300 of the Clinton Township Civic Center, and on June 25 and July 2 in Conference Room 200. All meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m.

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Published June 7, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP —After roughly a decade of pushing for a special assessment district, the residents of one Clinton Township street will see their wish of a new roadway fulfilled.

Pockmarked and sinking in places, Elmira Street in Clinton Township was determined to be beyond the scope of another patching. It needed a full replacement, county officials said.

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Published June 3, 2013

MACOMB COUNTY — Last summer, Cheryl Steinmetz was a little nervous about volunteering to host Chinese students at her home through a local cultural exchange program.

The Chesterfield Township resident was worried about the language barrier and because she didn’t know what to cook for them, she said. In the end, the language barrier wasn’t as much of a hindrance as she expected.

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Published June 3, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A local educational nonprofit that provides school supplies to underprivileged students is moving to Clinton Township to be closer to the students it serves.

Michigan Friends of Education — which provides access to books, learning materials and school supplies to schools with qualifying low-income youth — transferred its headquarters in early May from its former facility in Troy. Its new headquarters can be found at the Emerald Industrial Plaza on Elizabeth Road and Groesbeck.

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Published June 3, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — For the first time, chaplains from across southeast Michigan gathered on May 24 to mark Michigan’s first-ever appreciation day for public service chaplains.

About 40 chaplains from various public safety organizations — police and fire departments, emergency first-response units, hospitals, military organizations and more — gathered in the cafeteria of the Macomb Community College Criminal Justice Training Center, off Dunham Road in Clinton Township. There, they networked and shared ideas about chaplaincy programs.

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Published May 30, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Clerk’s Office is remedying a surplus of more than a hundred thousand election envelopes bearing the ex-clerk’s name, with the help of a local special education school.

According to clerk’s office records, in January 2012, when the office was under the helm of former Clerk George Fitzgerald, an order was placed for envelopes to mail absentee ballots to voters. The order far exceeded any orders previously placed.

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Published May 30, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — J. Baldwin’s Restaurant and To-Go will be temporarily closed as the damage from a recent fire is repaired, according to a letter on its website.

Clinton Township Fire Chief John Shea said the fire reportedly started shortly before closing time, 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28.

Investigators found that the accidental, electrical fire originated above the ceiling, in the attic space near the entrance.

There were people at the establishment, but everyone in the restaurant made it out safely, he said.

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Published May 29, 2013

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Published May 29, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/ MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Standing in what will soon be her new house, Andrea Weible couldn’t help but get a little choked up.

For her and her two young sons, the house marks a new beginning.

“It’s something for my boys to grow up in,” Weible said as the two youngsters, ages 6 and 4 years old, excitedly surveyed their new bedrooms. “This is beautiful.”

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