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County Executive - Executive Focus Newsletter Spring 2017

Executive Focus Newsletter Spring 2017

Mark's Message
Selfridge offers ways to get involved in centennial birthday
Spring 2017 Tree, Shrub and Plant Sale has begun
Annual Sprint & Splash event helps to enhance Macomb County’s recreational assets
Macomb Business Awards winners announced

Mark’s Message

The New Year has been busy for me right out of the gate. Currently, I am really working to promote the fact that Selfridge Air National Guard Base is being considered as a site for the F-35 Lightning II, the military's new 5th Generation fighter. In an effort to encourage this decision, just a few weeks ago, Selfridge Air National Guard Base and Macomb County officials, along with a group of dedicated community partners, announced the launch of MIF35.org, a website designed to highlight all the benefits Selfridge and the community would realize if the base is able to secure the arrival of the F-35.

Over the next six months, the county will be working hand in hand with the state of Michigan, the Michigan Defense Center, our congressional delegation, local legislators and defense partners in, and around, southeast Michigan to showcase Selfridge. I hope you will join in this effort. 

Also, since my last newsletter in December, I attended the 2017 North American International Auto Show. In case you didn’t know, right now, automotive investment is at an all-time high in Macomb County.

  • Since 2010, the auto industry has invested $7.4 billion in Macomb County including 123 separate investments above $1 million.
  • The “Detroit Three” account for $4.8 billion of that total, which includes significant commitment to developing technologies for connected cars and also testing autonomous vehicles in both private facilities and public streets.
  • Combined, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company and General Motors employ more than 35,000 people and operate 10 facilities in the county, covering more than 25 million square feet.
  • In addition, there are more than 1,600 manufacturers in Macomb County employing more than 69,000 individuals.

You may have also seen another new face around in our Department of Roads office. In October, I appointed Bryan Santo as the new director of the department, but he officially started in his new post on Jan. 1, 2017. Santo took the place of Roads Director Bob Hoepfner, who retired on Dec. 31, 2016 after 43 years of service to Macomb County.

As director of the Department of Roads, Santo will manage the department’s 236 employees and a budget of over $119 million. He will also be responsible for overseeing the design and construction of multi-million dollar rehabilitation and capacity reconstruction road projects and keep in direct contact with the Michigan Department of Transportation and local municipalities to coordinate construction projects. The Department of Roads maintains more than 1,700 miles of roadway with over 900 traffic signals and 60,000 signs.

Since 1994, Santo has worked as a project engineer for the Department of Roads. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan. I know Santo will do an excellent job as director of our Roads Department because he has the background to get the job done.

I’d also like to take a moment to welcome all of the new officials that were elected in November. They officially began their new jobs on Jan. 3 this year.

County offices
Candice S. Miller, Public Works Commissioner
Lawrence Rocca, Treasurer
Karen A. Spranger, Clerk/Register of Deeds

Board of Commissioners
Leon Drolet
Phil Kraft
Robert Leonetti
Elizabeth Ann Lucido
Joseph V. Romano

Judge of Circuit Court – 16th Circuit
Rachel Rancilio
Michael E. Servitto

Looking forward, I invite all of you to consider participating in two upcoming events. One is McLaren Macomb’s Let’s Move Festival of Races on April 29. The purpose of the event is to promote healthy living, especially to our youth. I will be participating, and I urge you to do so as well. I will also be at our upcoming Hotcakes for Hunger event the morning of May 7 flipping pancakes with other local celebrities to help raise money and encourage food donations for the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. I hope to see you there! All donations from this event will ultimately go to our Macomb County Food Program, which provides food to local hungry people.

Selfridge offers ways to get involved in centennial birthday

By Dr. Keith Defever
President, Selfridge Base Community Council

One of the region’s largest events of 2017 is going to be Selfridge Air National Guard Base’s Open House & Air Show Aug. 19-20. Even more exciting about this bi-annual event is that Selfridge is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Attendance is expected to approach 300,000 spectators, especially in light of the fact that the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are slated to perform.

As you can imagine, putting on such an event requires many contributors to make it a success. Selfridge has a variety of ways you, or your business, can get involved in the Centennial Open House & Air Show, from renting a chalet to providing content for our event brochure.

In addition, there are also other events set up throughout the year to celebrate the base’s centennial celebration. Titled "Inspiring the Next Generation – STEM," these events will be hosted in Wayne, Macomb and St. Clair counties and fit well with our charter of community focus on education. The Inspiring the Next Generation – STEM events include Women in Aviation in St. Clair April 28, Michigan Defense Opportunities in Macomb May 19 and Tuskegee Airmen Heritage in Wayne County May 26. These events are expected to engage approximately 900 local high school students.  

For more information on how to get engaged in the Centennial Open House & Air Show, visit TeamSelfridge.com.

Centennial promotional videos on the Selfridge YouTube page can be found at the links below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yEb_tUsCRI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLvIBdL-RE0

Spring 2017 Tree, Shrub and Plant Sale has begun

As part of the Green Macomb initiative, the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development is working with the Sanilac/St. Clair Conservation District to bring a new Spring Tree, Shrub and Plant Sale to Macomb County’s residents and business owners.

Historically, the spring sale has been geared toward rural and agricultural communities, selling smaller trees in larger quantities. Through the efforts of Green Macomb and the Sanilac/St. Clair Conservation District, this year’s sale provides an opportunity to buy smaller quantities of slightly larger tree stock for those in more urban and suburban areas of the county. For business owners, this is an inexpensive way to install new landscaping.

Planting trees provides many benefits including increased property values, cleaner air and water, lower energy bills, more attractive neighborhoods and healthier communities. This sale’s plant selection is specifically tailored to provide these benefits and increase local community tree canopy.

The public has the opportunity to purchase young bare-root trees, fruit trees, flowering shrubs, native pollinator wildflower seeds, fruits and vegetables at very low prices. To place an order, download the order form at Green.MacombGov.org and mail the completed form with payment to the St. Clair Conservation District office by Thursday, April 6.

Orders will be available for pickup at Freedom Hill County Park during Macomb County’s Arbor Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 28 or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Orders will be filled on a first-come first-served basis as supplies may be limited. Remaining unsold stock will also be available for purchase on-site. Michigan State University Extension and Sanilac/St. Clair Conservation District representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide planting guidance and tree care advice.

Visit Green.MacombGov.org for more details about the sale and forthcoming information about Macomb County’s Arbor Day celebration at Freedom Hill County Park April 28.

Annual Sprint & Splash event helps to enhance Macomb County’s recreational assets

By Amanda Minaudo, senior planner for Macomb County Planning & Economic Development Department

We are well into the month of March. Spring will be here before we know it, and so will the 6th Annual Sprint and Splash Festival Races! Held on Saturday, June 17, the event is a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and experience Macomb County’s beautiful natural assets.

In addition to being a great way to kick off summer through a variety of competitive events, plus music, food, craft beer and a multitude of vendors, Sprint and Splash also serves the unique purpose of acting as a fundraiser for organizations that promote and celebrate Lake St. Clair. Truly the heart of the Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair is one of the largest freshwater fisheries in North America and also one of the busiest recreational waterways in the Midwest. By sponsoring this event, you are supporting organizations that are working to improve the regional economy by increasing tourism to Lake St. Clair and its coastal communities while also striving to protect and restore Lake St. Clair, the Clinton River and the surrounding natural areas.

If you would like to support these organizations as well as advertise your business, this event will offer great promotional opportunities, as we are expecting over 1,000 participants and spectators. Consider being a part of the Beach Village which allows sponsors to have presence at the event with a 10-by-10-foot booth space. You can sell paraphernalia or give away promotional items, as well as have your organization’s logo on the website and race T-shirts. Can’t be at the event? Sprint and Splash offers several levels of sponsorship. For more information, visit www.SprintandSplash.com.

Sprint and Splash begins with a duathlon, which combines a 5K run and a 2-mile paddle (kayak or stand-up paddleboard). Sprint and Splash also offers a 5K Fun Run and Walk (for those who want to stay dry) and a 2-mile recreational SUP race. The Sprint and Splash Beach Village is open throughout the day, giving participants and spectators the option to visit local vendors before or after their race.

All of these aspects of the event allow local businesses the opportunity to really get involved at many levels. If you want to participate in the event, visit www.SprintandSplash.com for more information or to register online. The early registration discount ends on Sunday, April 16!

Macomb Business Awards winners announced

By Maria Zardis, Macomb County Planning & Economic Development Department 

Business leaders from across the region attended the 5th Annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 at Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel joined Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development Director John Paul Rea to recognize the following award winners:

  • Champion of Workforce Development: R&E Automated Systems, Macomb Township

R&E specializes in all areas of turnkey automation including concept, design, prototyping, controls design and engineering, robotics and PLC programming, laser welding, joining, roller hemming and more. R&E has a dedicated, state-certified training center which provides training to young professionals looking to get into the industry, existing professionals looking to expand their knowledge and on-site training for its own employees. R&E has grown from 30 employees to more than 400 in the span of 10 years and continues to grow. The company recruits at local colleges and is very involved with local high schools and middle schools, helping them to grow their STEM programs.

  • Corporate Citizen: Binson's Medical Equipment and Supplies, Center Line

Binson’s is a family-owned-and-operated, full-service home medical equipment, medical supply and orthopedic company. Their customer base includes individuals, hospitals, doctor offices, nursing homes, health plans and other providers. They are committed to helping defeat the diseases that impact the families they serve on a daily basis. Throughout the years, they have raised and donated funds to many charities including the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Muscular Dystrophy Association. They also played a big role in supporting the MDA Summer Camp and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by donating the medical supplies and wheelchairs needed for attendees to participate at these events.

  • Diversification Leader: Baker Industries, Macomb Township

Still privately owned by the Baker family, Baker Industries has been in business for 24 years as a tier one and tier two supplier for automotive and aerospace industries. They began as a duplicating company and have evolved over the years to become a premier tooling and machining shop. With the goal of encompassing all the capabilities that their customers could wish for in a supplier, today Baker has expanded to include machining, fabrication, injection molding, tooling, 3-D printing, project management and quality assurance. With the addition of a 3-D printer, they have entered new markets including medical, agriculture, appliances, energy and defense.

  • Efficiency Expert: JEM Tech Group, Clinton Township

JEM is dedicated to helping customers with information technology products and services to transform their mission-critical environments into energy-efficient areas. They provide corporations with efficiency studies to assess their baseline energy consumption, determine problem areas and provide recommendations. Improvements may include reorganizing room layouts, equipment upgrades or airflow management devices. JEM also provides hardware and software that analyzes power consumption down to each outlet. Knowing the amount of power servers the customer is using can help determine what equipment can be better utilized or consolidated. JEM can help companies eliminate 30 percent in energy costs, resulting in significant savings.

  • Model of OneMacomb: Arts Academy in the Woods High School, Fraser

Arts Academy in the Woods is a free public high school where students can major in the fine and performing arts while also fulfilling their academic requirements. They promote racial, cultural and gender diversity, and this is reflected in the makeup of their student body. Since their founding, hundreds of students who were uncomfortable fitting in at other schools have felt welcomed and accepted in this school community. Arts Academy in the Woods begins each school year with a three-day diversity training for new students which is led by current students. Here, students develop a cultural awareness and respect that will benefit them for a lifetime.

  • Startup Business to Watch: United Shore Professional Baseball League, Utica

USPBL is the first professional independent baseball league in Southeast Michigan. The league’s inaugural season in 2016 featured three teams: Utica Unicorns, Eastside Diamond Hoppers and Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers. USPBL attracted more than 225,000 fans during its first season at Jimmy John’s Field. Starting the league was a Herculean task that included working with city and county officials, securing corporate sponsors, constructing a state-of-the-art stadium, designing team logos and uniforms, hiring more than 400 employees, marketing and launching a baseball finishing school. USPBL has significant plans for growth in the future including a fourth team next season and additional stadiums in the future.

In addition to the above-mentioned awards, Rea also recognized Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! as the Economic Development Partner of the Year. The Beacon of Economic Development award was presented to Dr. Jim Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College.

Fox 2 Detroit’s Huel Perkins and Charlie Langton served as co-emcees. Keynote speaker Richard Sheridan, founder, CEO and chief storyteller for Menlo Innovations, spoke about joy, creativity and human energy in the workplace. Digital First Media Publisher Jeannie Parent presented how to leverage the local media through successful partnerships. This event was sponsored by Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, along with support from Advancing Macomb, Automation Alley and First State Bank.

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Message from Mark

 

I can’t believe it’s that time already, but our seventh annual State of the County Address is only a few weeks away. I would like to personally extend my thanks to each of you as you all have played an instrumental role in Macomb County’s successes. Please join me at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. Following the speech, the much anticipated Taste of Macomb will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from more than 30 local restaurants. To register, click here.

It’s official. The holiday season is upon us, which means many of us will be gathering for family dinners and celebrations in honor of our unique traditions and customs. Many of you share a family tradition of baking cookies and making holiday treats. In celebration of the season, I invite you to bring a batch of your favorite cookie or treat to share at our Holiday Gathering from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11 in the lobby of the Administration Building. I hope to see you there! 

If shopping for gifts is in your near future, please support “Shop Local Macomb” this season. Our independently owned and operated retail establishments are important members of our community, and they are depending on you to visit them soon. With the support of the Macomb and Sterling Heights chambers and First State Bank, we are hosting a contest. Shoppers can enter to win one of five $500 gift cards by snapping a photo and posting it to social media between Nov. 24 and Dec. 3. Visit www.makemacombyourhome.com/shoplocal for details and official rules.

From my family to yours, best wishes for a wonderful holiday!

 

 

Employee Focus - Jako van Blerk

 
 
 
 

Jako van Blerk, Chief Information Officer for Macomb County, participated in a special ceremony in the Macomb County Administration Building recently. The event, hosted by OneMacomb, was a naturalization ceremony for 24 people from 17 countries across the globe. Officiated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Honorable George Caram Steeh, United States District Court, lead the Oath of Allegiance, the final step for becoming a citizen of the United States.

Jako, a county employee since 2003, was the keynote speaker.  His message?

“The journey to become a Citizen of the United States is challenging because of the history and people you are leaving behind as well as the fear of the unknown; it is profound because you are giving up loyalty to your Country of Origin, and it’s exciting at the same time because it is the culmination of a long, arduous journey that brought you to this day of your Naturalization Ceremony.

Today is a once in a lifetime experience for all of you. This is your day - live in this moment and enjoy it.”

Jako spoke from experience. Born in Karasburg, Namibia, a small town in South Africa, he was raised on a sheep farm with his sister and two brothers. He attended college at the University of Stellenbosch near Cape Town in South Africa and earned a degree in Botany & Zoology, as well as Business Administration.

He then served two years for South African Defense Force and married his high school sweetheart, Martha. They settled in the Western Cape in the Cape Town area. His careers included a stint as a Vegetation Ecologist and then in business.

At the age of 34, Martha received a job offer to take a physical therapy job in southeastern Michigan. The family – which now included three young children – made the big move to the United States.

One of Jako’s first adjustments in his new home? Resigning to the fact that his name would be forever mispronounced! As he explained, his name sounds like Ya-hoo with a K, “Yay-Koo” but he gave up explaining it a long time ago.

Jako – whose visa did not allow him to work in the US – took advantage of the opportunity to make a career change to the IT field, a passion he had developed in business. He enrolled in information technology classes and earned valuable certifications. With in-demand skills, his citizenship was sponsored by a company based in Detroit and provided the window he needed to begin the naturalization process.

He joined Macomb County in 2003 and, after a series of promotions, was appointed Chief Information Officer of the IT Department in 2016. In July of 2017, Jako officially became a naturalized citizen.

The event also included a flag ceremony by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.  Other speakers included Deputy County Executive Pam Lavers, Director of Health and Community Services Rhonda Powell and Acting Field Office Director for USCIS Daniel Broughton.

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Do you have a suggestion for our next Employee Focus column? Please reach out to Jennifer Bruzzese from Human Resources and Labor Relations and tell us who and why!

 

 

For Your Benefit

Oral health is an important but sometimes overlooked part of overall health.  As such, the American Dental Association (ADA) has established a list of healthy habits for various life stages.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy may actually worsen some dental problems, therefore the ADA recommends that pregnant women do the following:

  • Continue to see a dentist during pregnancy for checkups and cleanings
  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Clean between teeth/floss once a day

Babies and Kids

The ADA recommends that parents take children to a dentist no later than their first birthday. It also recommends building a foundation for oral health at home by taking the following steps:

  • Clean baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur.
  • Until a child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush child's teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When a child has two teeth that touch, begin flossing teeth daily.
  • For children younger than 3 years, begin brushing the child’s teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to ensure that they use of the appropriate amount of toothpaste.
  • For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise brushing and remind children not to swallow the toothpaste.

Teens

  • Brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes
  • Floss between teeth daily
  • Avoid sugary and starchy snacks
  • Wear a mouth guard when active
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t pierce lips or any part of your mouth
  • See a dentist for regular checkups

Adults Under 40

Adults are at risk for tooth decay. If left untreated, dental disease can lead to serious health problems like infection, damage to bone or nerve and tooth loss. When left untreated, dental infections can spread to other parts of the body and, in very rare cases, can be life threatening.

To prevent dental disease, remember to:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss between teeth daily
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks
  • See your dentist for regular checkups

Adults 40-60

At this stage, it is important to continue making oral health a priority. Just like younger adults, untreated dental disease can lead to serious health problems such as infection, damage to bone or nerve, tooth loss and/or additional complications when left undetected.

Keep up the following routine to maintain a healthy mouth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss between teeth daily
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks
  • See your dentist for regular checkups

In addition, missing teeth are common in adults between 20 and 64 years of age. Solutions are available, so it is important to discuss options with a dentist.

Adults Over 60

According to the ADA, maintaining oral health is especially important for adults over 60.  Otherwise, unhealthy bacteria in the mouth may harm teeth and gums. It is also associated with serious medical conditions.

The ADA indicates that research has shown that infections in the mouth may be associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia and other health problems that are common in older adults.

Sticking to the following simple steps will help adults over 60 maintain a healthy mouth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss between teeth daily
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks
  • See your dentist for regular checkups

In order to help you improve and maintain oral health, Macomb County offers full-time employees the option of either Golden or Delta Dental insurance upon hire and annually during open enrollment. To view more information about employee benefits, visit: insidemacomb.macombgov.org/hr-employeebenefitsform

To learn more about oral health during the above life stages or to find a dentist, visit: mouthhealthy.org.

 

 

Macomb County launches Shop Local Macomb campaign

Interactive map and a chance for shoppers to win $500

 

In an effort to support independently owned and operated retailers this holiday season, the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development is partnering with the Sterling Heights Regional and Macomb County chambers to launch the #ShopLocalMacomb campaign.

“We know that there are many ways to buy gifts,” said Grace Shore, CEO of the Macomb County Chamber.  “We want to encourage people to visit the stores that enhance our Main Streets and check out the unique merchandise they have in stock for us.” 

According to the American Independent Business Alliance, there are many benefits to shopping locally. Owners of small businesses are more than twice as likely to donate to local causes and organizations. Other benefits include:

  • Helping to infuse more dollars into the local economy. Small business owners are three times more likely to buy needed supplies from other local retailers.
  • Creating vibrant communities. Independent retailers help to define our communities as well as attract visitors and new residents.
  • Creating local jobs and tax revenue.

The department created an interactive Shop Local Macomb map which features more than 1,600 locally owned stores. The map is searchable by type of merchandise sold or location. New this year, the county will also enter information provided by merchants about sales and specials during the campaign. 

Shoppers will have a chance to enter a contest to win one of five $500 gift cards, donated by First State Bank. To enter, snap a photo of yourself shopping and complete an online entry between Nov. 24 and Dec. 3. Winners will be randomly selected during a live Facebook drawing at noon on Monday, Dec. 4.

“All businesses are important in Macomb County,” said County Executive Mark A. Hackel. “This campaign provides great incentive to shop locally this holiday season.”  

More details about the campaign — including information about how shop owners can share updates about sales and giveaway rules — can be found at www.MakeMacombYourHome.com.

 

 

Pajama Drive

 

The holidays will be here before we know it. Let's be thankful for all that we have and help those who are less fortunate. The Macomb County Sheriff's Office is holding a "Pajama Drive" for the next several weeks to help foster kids in Macomb County. 

The Foster Closet of Michigan - Macomb County is a nonprofit organization providing local foster children with new clothing, undergarments, toys, baby gear, hygiene items, bedding furniture, books and other necessities to ease their transition into foster homes. 

These children frequently face difficult and sometimes tragic family circumstances. They often leave suddenly, with little to no clothing or personal items, as they are placed with foster families. Foster families receive few funds from the state, so help is essential. 

The Foster Closet is 100 percent supported by volunteers and community partners. Children "shop" at the closet free of charge, choosing clothing and other items that wrap them in comfort to ease their transition into a new home. These items are what the Foster Closet needs most. Let's do what we can to make a difference. Every little bit helps! Thank you in advance, and please feel free to share!

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office is located at 43565 Elizabeth Rd, Mount Clemens. You can take any donations to the front desk at any time.

 

 

Macomb Memories

 

Formed in 1818, Macomb County turns 200 years old in 2018.  As a county, we are working with many organizations and communities to celebrate throughout the year. Highlights will include:

  • An interactive website, built by our IT department:  www.Macomb200.org  The website will be updated regularly with new stories and events surrounding this milestone year.  The website will provide a unique opportunity for history buffs and residents to contribute their stories about history as well as photographs.
  • Additional storytelling resources to be developed by publishers The Macomb Daily, Macomb Now magazine and C& G Newspapers.
  • The Suburban Library Cooperative is assembling a book about Macomb’s history geared for elementary students.
  • The theme for a number of planned events throughout the year.
  • The Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College will feature a special bicentennial exhibit.
  • Macomb County will participate in a number of community parades with a special commemorative float.
  • A torch relay through all of Macomb County’s 27 municipalities will take place in June with the last leg ending at the annual Mount Clemens Fireworks Show.

Aside from the support of more than 100 committee members, Macomb’s bicentennial will be celebrated with the support of many sponsors. Special thanks to our Legacy Leader FCA. Visit www.Macomb200.org for more information and visit regularly to review new stories and events about Macomb’s 200th celebration!

 

 

Make Macomb Your Home Ambassadors!

As an organization, we offer many services that benefit all residents – including our families, friends and neighbors.

Do you know someone contemplating who needs to enroll in Medicare Part D before the December 7 deadline? The Office of Senior Services can help!

Macomb County residents age 60 and older are eligible for this free program. Trained counselors help seniors navigate the different options and assist in registering them for a plan of their choosing.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at four locations. To schedule an appointment, call 586- 469-5228.

Seniors should bring their Medicare card as well as a list of all prescribed medications – including dosage and frequency - to their appointment.  Locations:

Macomb County Family Resource Center
196 N. Rose Street, Mount Clemens

Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe
18185 Sycamore Street, Roseville

New Haven Schools-Administration Building
30375 Clark Street (Door 19), New Haven

Max Thompson Family Resource Center
11370 Hupp Avenue, Warren

 

 

Perks at Work

Macomb County Government Perks at Work is a free employee perks and discount program available to all Macomb County Government employees and their families. Whether you’re booking a weekend getaway, buying a laptop, or shopping for the holiday season Perks at Work has negotiated with thousands of merchants to offer value and pricing advantages. Discounts are available online and in-store.

To create an account, visit www.perksatwork.com. If you are a first time user, click “Register for Free” and follow the instructions on screen.

If prompted for the company code, enter macombgov78. Once registered employees can invite up to five family members and friends to join and benefit from the same discounts. Some offers may only be redeemed online, and are accessible by a link to the merchant website. In some cases you will need to enter a discount code (listed on the offer detail page) as you check out. If there is no discount code listed, the discount will be calculated automatically when you check out. When a discount is offered in store, there will be a coupon available on the offer detail page. Follow the instructions and click on ‘print coupon’.

Another benefit of the site, in addition to merchant discounts, employees are able to earn WOWPoints. WOWPoints act like rewards currency of the site can be used for future purchases.

In addition to the discounts provided with national retailers, Macomb County Government Perks at Work offers discounts available at local retailers such as the Detroit Zoo and Sea Life Aquarium. To “shop local” visit the Exclusives Offers page.

Since its launch in November 2015, Macomb County Government Perks at Work has over 2,000 registered users. Check the site often as new retailers are continuously added.

For assistance with the site, visit the Macomb County Government Perks at Work Help Center.

 

 

Recipe Corner - Heart Healthy Chilli

Ingredients

  • ½ pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 can sweet corn, drained
  • 3 cans beans, low-sodium, undrained (can choose any bean variety – pinto, kidney, black, northern or any of your favorite beans)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp crush red pepper flakes
  • 1½ tsp oregano
  • Optional: 1 tsp cayenne pepper (if you desire more a spicier chili)
 

    Directions:

    1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, brown meat with onion and green pepper.
    2. Add remaining ingredients. Stir and let mixture come to a simmer.
    3. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for at least one hour, stirring occasionally. Simmering on low for 1 ½ to 2 hours will yield more flavor.
    4. Remove bay leaf before serving.

    Chef Notes:

    • To top off your chili, you can add a nonfat plain greek yogurt as a “sour cream,” jalepenos, chopped green onion and/or shredded cheese.
    • Serve with cornbread.
    • Use leftover chili on top of a salad or top a baked potato with it.
    • Chili can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
    • Chili can be frozen and used for a meal months down the road. Just place in a large pot and heat up on a low temperature or microwave.

     

     

    Event Calendar

    Make Macomb Your Home maintains a comprehensive calendar of community events. Be sure to check it when you are looking for ways to enjoy Macomb with friends and family:

     

    SOC 2017

    Please plan to join with County Executive Mark A. Hackel for his 7th Annual State of the County Address, presented by St. John Providence-Ascension Click here to RSVP.


     

    Meals on Wheels

    Saturday, December 2nd, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    130 Volunteers Needed to help deliver food to home bound seniors! Click here for more information.


     

    Yoga

    Monday, December 11th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Click here for more information.


     

    Zumba

    Monday, December 11th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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    Holiday Gathering

    Monday, December 11th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Employees are encouraged to bring their favorite cookies or treats to share.
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    Blog Log

    Anton Art Center Holiday Market

    Macomb County touted at Montreal ITS World Congress

    One Guy Making a Pizza Pie – With a Little Help

    The wineries of Macomb County

    Lincoln HS unveils enhanced CTE program

    Now is the time to start preparing your garden for spring

     

     

    News Nook

    11/03 - New citizens take the Oath of Allegiance in Macomb County

    11/03 - Michigan Works! Registered Apprenticeship information session for employers

    11/01 - Hon. James M. Biernat, Jr. Re-appointed Chief Judge

    11/01 - 16th Judicial Circuit Court to Celebrate Adoption Day on November 17, 2017

    11/01 - MSU Extension to offer Greening the Holidays

    10/26 - Macomb County leads effort to develop talent pipeline for cybersecurity

    10/26 - Work Begins on Stephens Relief Drain in St. Clair Shores, Eastpointe

    10/25 - BoC Seeking Charities for Casual Day Donations

    10/23 - Lincoln High School unveils enhanced CAD/CAM program

    10/16 - MCCMH Crossroads Clubhouse Earns Triennial Certification

    10/11 - Wayne and Macomb Friends of the Court Joint Bench Warrant Amnesty Program

    10/06 - Macomb County celebrates MFG Day in a BIG Way

    10/05 - Macomb County Community Mental Health Expands Specialized Services for Children

    10/04 - Medicare Part D open enrollment counseling assistance available through Macomb Community Action

    10/02 - Macomb County Community Mental Health Receives Grant to Bolster Kevin’s Law Services

     

     

     

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