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Published April 15, 2013

FRASER — For the second year, the Fraser First Booster Club is holding a silent auction to benefit its McKinley barrier-free park initiative.

This time, instead of auctioning off homemade ceramic tiles, the event will be auctioning off more than 15 chairs of all types, some decorated by students. The final number of chairs and stools that would be up for auction wasn’t certain, as of press time.

With the chair theme in mind, Fraser First President Vania Apps said this year’s auction was playfully being called “Chairish the Art of Play.”

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Published April 10, 2013

FRASER — Throughout the 1970s, Mark Rothman was busy working as the head writer and producer for TV comedy shows like “Happy Days” and “The Odd Couple,” and as the co-creator of “Laverne and Shirley.”

Now 65 and living with his wife in Farmington Hills, he spends much of his time promoting his books and trying to get his plays and movies to the big stage.

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Published April 10, 2013

In Macomb County, dogs and cats in need of a permanent home may soon find what they’re looking for with military service personnel.

The Macomb County Animal Shelter implemented a program last week called Pets for Patriots, which pairs active-duty, reserve or veteran service members with harder-to-adopt pets from the shelter.

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Published April 10, 2013

A Macomb County Circuit Court judge recently dismissed a lawsuit alleging that the Detroit Institute of Arts is not upholding its promise of unlimited, free admission to Macomb County residents by charging for special exhibits.

Judge John C. Foster, on April 3, granted the DIA’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, given that the service agreement between the DIA and the Macomb County Art Institute Authority prohibits outside parties from suing to enforce it.

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Published April 10, 2013

CLINTON TWP./SHELBY TWP. — Police suspect that a pair of Easter break-ins at churches in Shelby and Clinton townships are likely connected.

The night of Easter Sunday, the thieves made off with thousands of dollars in cash and checks from St. Luke Lutheran Church in Clinton Township and St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic parish in Shelby Township.

Shelby Township Police Det. Lt. Tom Kohl said the sophistication of the break-ins suggests that they were the work of an established, professional crew that seems to be targeting churches.

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Published April 10, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/ FRASER — The public libraries of Clinton Township and Fraser are each hosting mid-April used book sales to help fund programs.

The libraries’ fundraising arms, known as Friends groups, put on used book sales to help underwrite the cost of year-round library programs, like summer reading programs and concert series.

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Published April 3, 2013

MACOMB COUNTY —When a major weather event strikes, you can bet the National Weather Service is monitoring it.

But outside of their radar screens and weather measuring instruments, the experts still like to have eyes on the ground to give them up-to-the-minute information about what is happening at the scene.

That’s where Skywarn comes in.

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Published April 2, 2013

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FRASER — Three masked men reportedly robbed a Fraser convenience store at gunpoint during the early morning hours of April 2, according to a statement from the Fraser Department of Public Safety.

The three suspects, all wearing ski masks, reportedly entered the 7-Eleven near Garfield and 15 Mile around 4 a.m. One suspect jumped over the counter and stole cigarettes; a second suspect struck the clerk in the head with a handgun; the third stood at the door as a lookout. Afterward, the suspects fled south on foot with about 15 stolen packs of cigarettes.

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Published April 1, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, Donald Frederickson was sitting on a crumbling wall, stopping to catch his breath after climbing up and down a steep temple stair, when he saw them.

A troupe of spider monkeys sat, feeding not 50 feet from him. Mesmerized, he watched and studied them, and described the experience later in a short story.

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Published March 21, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Making cheese is in Stefano Serra’s blood. That’s how he sees it.

On the wall of the S. Serra Cheese Co., which he founded in 1997, there hangs a black and white photograph of his father, a Sicilian cheese-maker named Giuseppe Serra, milking a cow. Giuseppe’s dream was to come to America, but he died before he ever got the chance.

His three brothers living in Sicily also made cheese before they passed away. Now his Sicilian nephew does the same.

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Published March 14, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Michelle Andre has donated blood pretty regularly since she was 18 years old, with the exception of when she was pregnant or sick. Now 51, she estimates she’s on her fifth or sixth gallon.

“A lot of people need blood, and it’s not that hard to donate,” the Clinton Township resident said. “And I work at a hospital, so I know it’s good to help people.”

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Published March 14, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Taylor Kanas likes all kinds of music.

It’s music she credits with helping her get through the tough times after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Kanas — who was 26 when she was diagnosed in the fall of 2010 — endured 11 months of chemotherapy, an emergency biopsy, losing her hair and a stem cell transplant.

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Published March 14, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Clinton Township woman is responsible for the death of her 4-year-old grandson, a jury ruled on March 11.

The 12-person jury convicted Terry Rita Borgia, 63, of felony murder for the January 2010 drowning of DeAngelo Tobia in the bathtub of her Clinton Township apartment. She was babysitting the boy at the time.

Since then, Borgia has resided in jail. She had already spent more than three years behind bars by the time her fourth and most recent trial rolled around.

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Published March 11, 2013

DETROIT — At Meguiar’s Autorama in Detroit, throngs of people passed by Eric Phipps’ custom cars, stopping to admire them, snapping a few photos of the colorful paintwork and the gleaming chrome, and exchanging a few words with Phipps about the cars.

After putting years of work into perfecting the autos — a 1969 red convertible Chevy Camaro, a 1965 black convertible Chevy Corvette and a 1996 multicolored Honda Civic — the joy of having other people admire them is barely explainable, the Fraser resident said.

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Published March 11, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A jury on March 11 found a woman responsible for the drowning death of her grandson in January 2010 in her Clinton Township apartment.

Terry Rita Borgia, 63, was found guilty of felony murder for the death of 4-year-old DeAngelo Tobia, who investigators found was drowned in his grandmother’s bathtub at Clinton Place apartments. She was babysitting the boy at the time.

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