macomb county http://michiganradio.org en Macomb County high school see success in 'flipped classroom' education strategy http://michiganradio.org/post/macomb-county-high-school-see-success-flipped-classroom-education-strategy <p>There is a high school in Macomb County that has grabbed the attention of educators across the country.</p><p>Three years ago, Clintondale High School became the very first in the country to be a "flipped school."</p><p>Kids watch teachers' lectures at home as much as they want or need, and class time is when teachers are there to help with what we would otherwise call "homework."</p><p>One education expert says maybe online is controversial, but the flipped classroom is a new strategy nearly everyone agrees on. It can be a very good thing for students and teachers.</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:55:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 15116 at http://michiganradio.org Macomb County high school see success in 'flipped classroom' education strategy How has this summer treated Michigan farmers? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-has-summer-treated-michigan-farmers <p>The end of summer is at hand and we wanted to find out how the year treated Michigan farmers so far.</p><p>They were slammed in 2012 by a cold, wet spring and a hot, dry summer.</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/how-michigan-farmers-are-dealing-wet-summer-weather-year">Earlier this summer</a> we spoke with Macomb Township farmer Ken DeCock to see how things were going for him and got mixed reviews. So we wanted to check in with him to get an end-of-summer view.</p><p>He joined us today from Boyka's Farm Market in Macomb Township.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tree fruit specialist William Shane with the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center also joined us.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:07:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 14268 at http://michiganradio.org How has this summer treated Michigan farmers? A short history of politicians’ declarations of independence http://michiganradio.org/post/short-history-politicians-declarations-independence <p>Welcome to our post-Independence Day edition of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics"><em>It’s Just Politics</em></a> and, today, we’re talking Independ<em>ents</em>.</p><p>This week, Macomb County Executive <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mark-hackel">Mark Hackel</a> let it be known he wants the “D,” for Democrat, stripped from the column alongside his name in the Macomb County directory. Hackel told <em>The Macomb Daily</em> that he doesn’t think being a Democrat, or a Republican for that matter, really makes a difference in his job as county executive. And, that he doesn’t really consider himself a party person.</p><p>This certainly isn’t the only incarnation of Hackel’s independent streak. He has refused to endorse the presumptive Democratic candidate for governor, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/mark-schauer">Mark Schauer</a>. Nor, will he utter an unkind word about Governor Rick Snyder; and he’s been silent on the controversial <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/right-work">right-to-work</a> law.</p><p>But this latest episode did prompt a statement from Michigan Democratic Party Chair <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/lon-johnson">Lon Johnson</a>, who embraced Hackel and praised his service to the Democratic Party.</p><p>We should be clear: Hackel is not making noises about leaving the Democratic Party. But there is a history in fickle Macomb County – Michigan’s hotbed of political disharmony – of Democrats bailing. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:44:12 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 13510 at http://michiganradio.org A short history of politicians’ declarations of independence Oakland County helps neighboring Macomb with IT after building fire http://michiganradio.org/post/oakland-county-helps-neighboring-macomb-it-after-building-fire <p>Oakland County is helping neighboring Macomb County get back online after a fire last week.</p><p>That suspected electrical fire seriously damaged Macomb’s IT department—shutting down phones and computer networks.</p><p>So Oakland County is offering Macomb staff, equipment and space to start re-building.</p><p>“Oakland County has opened up its data center to host Macomb County’s equipment and personnel on a temporary basis in order to get Macomb County back online,” says a press release from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s office.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:46:32 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12241 at http://michiganradio.org Oakland County helps neighboring Macomb with IT after building fire Some Wayne County towns use money intended for Detroit Zoo for other projects http://michiganradio.org/post/some-wayne-county-towns-use-money-intended-detroit-zoo-other-projects <p>Some communities in Wayne County have been using tens of thousands of dollars in property tax money intended to support the Detroit Zoo for their own civic improvement projects.</p><p>Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties approved a property tax increase in 2008 to help fund the Detroit Zoo.&nbsp;</p><p>But the <em>Detroit Free Press </em>reports some Wayne County cities have collected the tax and spent it instead on sprucing up their own downtowns.&nbsp;&nbsp;In some years, the money has added up to more than $200,000.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:23:46 +0000 Steve Carmody 10873 at http://michiganradio.org Some Wayne County towns use money intended for Detroit Zoo for other projects McLaren Macomb offers free mammograms for uninsured http://michiganradio.org/post/mclaren-macomb-offers-free-mammograms-uninsured <p>A hospital in Mount Clemens, east of Detroit, is offering free mammograms to uninsured women who are Macomb County residents.&nbsp; It’s part of their “BRAvo for women” program. &nbsp;<br><br>Pat Keigher directs McLaren Macomb’s Breast Center.&nbsp; She says breast cancer causes nearly 40-thousand deaths each year.&nbsp; But when it’s detected early, she says five year survival rate is 98 percent so women do not need to die from this disease.<br> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:10:51 +0000 Chris Zollars 9252 at http://michiganradio.org DIA attendance more than triples after voter-approved millage http://michiganradio.org/post/dia-attendance-more-triples-after-voter-approved-millage <p>Last Tuesday, the Detroit Institute of Arts got a major vote of confidence from area voters when they approved a millage request to fund the museum. Taxpayer support means the museum will have a stable source of funding for the next ten years.</p><p>The next day, the museum was free to the residents in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:48:58 +0000 Mark Brush 8681 at http://michiganradio.org DIA attendance more than triples after voter-approved millage Grosse Pointe Shores considers moving entirely into Macomb County http://michiganradio.org/post/grosse-pointe-shores-considers-moving-entirely-macomb-county <p>Grosse Pointe Shores&#39; City Council is considering whether or not to move the city into Macomb County&#39;s jurisdiction.</p><p>The city, home to only about 3,000 residents, straddles the Macomb-Wayne County border. Most of the city is in Wayne County, which includes Detroit, while part is in Macomb County. <a href="http://law.justia.com/codes/michigan/2006/mcl-chap45/mcl-act-160-of-1974.html">A law</a> from the 1970s allows communities in this position to choose one county in which it wishes to officially reside.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.gpshoresmi.gov/sites/gpshoresmi.gov/files/macomb_presentation.pdf">city&#39;s website</a>, research revealed that Macomb County taxes are nearly four mills lower than Wayne County taxes, and that the city &quot;receives virtually no direct services from the tax dollars [residents] pay to Wayne County.&quot; Calculations by the Grosse Pointe Shores Move to Macomb Committee show the city could save $1 million in taxes if they decide to shift into Macomb County.</p><p>On Aug. 21, the City Council will decide if the question will go to voters in November, <a href="http://bit.ly/PB56du">reports</a> the Detroit News. In order to make the move, voters in Wayne and Macomb counties would also need to approve the idea.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 16:34:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8521 at http://michiganradio.org Grosse Pointe Shores considers moving entirely into Macomb County Macomb County says 'no' to proposed DIA millage http://michiganradio.org/post/macomb-county-says-no-proposed-dia-millage <p><a href="http://dia.org">The Detroit Institute of Arts</a> wanted to ask Macomb County residents to pay a tax to help bring in much-needed cash for the museum, which has already cut 20 percent of its staff and reduced its budget.</p><p>But county commissioners killed the idea.</p><p>Wayne County Commissioners last month <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120330/ENT05/203300335/DIA-millage-Proposal-heads-toward-vote-in-Wayne-Co-">voted to create an arts authority</a> to look at getting a DIA millage proposal in front of voters.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:50:36 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7007 at http://michiganradio.org Macomb County says 'no' to proposed DIA millage Emergency food providers stretched thin in suburban Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-food-providers-stretched-thin-suburban-detroit <p>People on the front lines of food insecurity in suburban Detroit say things are grim: demand is growing as federal and state food programs are cut.</p><p>In Macomb County, anti-hunger advocates are overwhelmed with need. The number of people needing emergency food assistance has almost doubled between 2008 and 2010.</p><p>John Kastler is with Gleaners Community Food Bank. He said those funds, particularly from the federal government, &ldquo;really did make it a lot easier to stock the pantries and put food on the table.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;And when you talk about these programs being cut and the funding disappearing&hellip;it really does put people in crisis,&rdquo; Kastler said.</p><p>Sue Figurski, coordinator of the Macomb Food Program, said the state&rsquo;s recent decision to implement <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9PSFQ3G0.htm">an asset test for food stamp applicants</a> has put even more strain on food pantries--and proved a degrading process for many seeking help.</p><p>&ldquo;Do you think anybody really and truly wants to be on food stamps? Not be able to take care of their family? Not the people we talk to,&rdquo; Figurski said.</p><p>Last month, <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20111103/METRO03/111030402/Macomb-to-focus-on-hunger">Macomb County officials started a Food Policy Council</a> to deal with the problem of growing hunger and declining resources. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 04:56:01 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5344 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency food providers stretched thin in suburban Detroit Macomb County man may be first victim of West Nile Virus in Michigan this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/macomb-county-man-may-be-first-victim-west-nile-virus-michigan-summer <p>Michigan has its first probable human case of <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/0,4579,7-186-25805-75612--,00.html">West Nile Virus</a> this summer.&nbsp; An unnamed Macomb County man died recently, after showing symptoms consistent with the mosquito-borne disease.&nbsp;Lab tests are underway to confirm this was a case of West Nile Virus.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Sue Tremonti&nbsp;is with the Macomb County Health Department.&nbsp; She says West Nile Virus infections are more prevalent than most people think.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:09:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 3913 at http://michiganradio.org Macomb County man may be first victim of West Nile Virus in Michigan this summer Macomb County to Kilpatrick: We want our money back http://michiganradio.org/post/macomb-county-kilpatrick-we-want-our-money-back <pre> Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick faces federal charges that he ran the city&rsquo;s water department like an organized crime syndicate. </pre> <pre> Now, one county served by the water department wants some of that money back. From the Detroit Free Press: </pre> <blockquote><p>Macomb County wants $25.5 million from former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his former aide, his former contractor friend and former director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department saying they schemed to overcharge the county for a work on a collapsed sewer line in Sterling Heights.</p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 22:09:30 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3388 at http://michiganradio.org Macomb County to Kilpatrick: We want our money back Foreclosure rates will continue to rise in Metro Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/foreclosure-rates-will-continue-rise-metro-detroit <p>Livingston and Macomb Counties showed some improvement in Metro Detroit&rsquo;s slumping home sale prices and sales since January. Macomb County boosted home sales by 5% in the four month period. Livingston County increased home sale prices by 8.5% in April to $140,ooo.</p> Tue, 17 May 2011 18:19:52 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2535 at http://michiganradio.org Foreclosure rates will continue to rise in Metro Detroit Judge rules in favor of Michigan's smoking ban (but legal fight will probably continue) http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-rules-favor-michigans-smoking-ban-legal-fight-will-probably-continue <p>A Macomb County judge has upheld the constitutionality of Michigan&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2940_2955_2973_55026---,00.html">smoking ban</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;But, the ruling will likely not be the last word.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Michigan bar and restaurant owners say they have lost millions of dollars in business since the smoking ban took effect last May.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:12:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 2115 at http://michiganradio.org Judge rules in favor of Michigan's smoking ban (but legal fight will probably continue) Shortchanging the Future http://michiganradio.org/post/shortchanging-future <p>Macomb County Commissioner Phil DiMaria is angry about Gov. Rick Snyder&rsquo;s proposal to tax pension income, and he&rsquo;s doing something about it. He&rsquo;s launched a statewide petition drive to oppose the tax, which is key to the governor&rsquo;s proposed budget.</p><p>DiMaria, who has been on the county commission for twenty years, thinks the governor is badly out of touch. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s rich. He&rsquo;s never going to be an old person who has to pinch pennies to try and get by, try and buy milk and bread,&rdquo; he told me yesterday.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 18:26:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1731 at http://michiganradio.org Shortchanging the Future Is a casino in Macomb County's future? http://michiganradio.org/post/casino-macomb-countys-future <p><a href="http://www.macombcountymi.gov/countyexecutive/index.htm">Macomb County executive Mark Hackel</a> says a privately owned casino could boost business along the county&#39;s waterfront on Lake St. Clair.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.macombdaily.com/articles/2011/03/21/news/doc4d874319831e0888824366.txt">Macomb Daily</a> reports: Mark Hackel said he plans to reach out to local communities to see who might be interested.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:18:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 1728 at http://michiganradio.org Is a casino in Macomb County's future? Hackel to join Patterson, Ficano as new exec http://michiganradio.org/post/hackel-join-patterson-ficano-new-exec <p>Macomb County will be represented by a county executive for the first time, starting in January.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>County Sheriff Mark Hackel was elected to the post &ndash; which voters approved as part of a new county charter last year.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Hackel says Macomb County and the southeast Michigan region stand to benefit from the change.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&quot;I think it provides a lot more stability and the first to set forward a vision or an agenda for the county itself. We&rsquo;ve never had that opportunity before,&quot; Hackel said.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 20:35:58 +0000 Sarah Hulett 263 at http://michiganradio.org Hackel to join Patterson, Ficano as new exec