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Published November 4, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Department of Education hit the “reset” button on student assessment testing in 2014, announcing the replacement of the 44-year-old Michigan Education Assessment Program, or MEAP, tests with the more comprehensive Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, exam.

According to the Michigan Department of Education, 80 percent of Michigan students across the state took the first ever M-STEP test this past spring. 

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Published November 4, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Michigan is making vast strides to combat mental and behavioral health deficiencies.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently announced that Michigan has been selected to participate in a year-long planning process for a demonstration program that is designed to alter the delivery of mental health and addiction services.

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Published November 3, 2015

The new edition of the Fraser City Council will have some fresh names and faces.

Joe Nichols will serve a four-term as mayor, defeating former Councilman Paul Cilluffo 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent. Nichols garnered 1,431 votes in seven precincts, while Cilluffo finished with 1,280 votes.

“I am feeling vindicated, “Nichols said. “My feelings are that the people have spoken.”

Patrice Schornak claimed 1,251 votes, or 16.8 percent, as she topped the eight-person list of candidates vying for three four-year seats.

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Published November 3, 2015

FRASER — At approximately 8 a.m. on Nov. 3 at Eisenhower Elementary in Fraser, a crowd of residents walked in and out of the voting booths to exercise their democratic rights.

As some candidates for City Council campaigned at the location in the final hours, taxpayers had their own choices to make: to stick with a current council, or vote in for some new blood.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 28, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Students need tutors in various schools to complete coursework, and Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan is trying to accelerate that process.

The organization’s mission values, as stated on its website, include providing quality and professional services that help mobilize hope in surrounding communities.

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Published October 28, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 59-year-old Clinton Township man is behind bars after allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

According to the Clinton Township Police Department, the alleged incident occurred sometime around noon on Oct. 15 near the 19000 block of Briarwood.

Capt. Richard Maierle said the boy was riding his bike southbound by the railroad tracks near Groesbeck Highway and Metropolitan Parkway.

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Published October 28, 2015

When Groesbeck Highway opened on Oct. 20, 1949, it opened the door for many new businesses in Fraser. Motels began to dot the landscape and were built to take advantage of America’s taking to the highways for vacations. Motel stood for “motor hotel.” Groesbeck Highway was named for Alexander Groesbeck, the only Michigan governor from Macomb County.

— Alan Naldrett, Fraser Historical Society

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Published October 28, 2015

FRASER — The Fraser City Council has decided to join the statewide and national movement to deter individuals from obtaining pets — notably dogs — from commercial breeders that may result in sick and abused animals.

During an Oct. 6 council meeting, officials unanimously approved the drafting of the Humane Pet Acquisition Ordinance. Per city approval, City Attorney Jack Dolan was granted permission to draft an ordinance in accordance with the model ordinance provided by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

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Published October 28, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In a world of smartphones and constantly improving technology, sometimes it can be hard to focus on the things that matter most.


That’s why schools such as Clintondale High School have gotten involved in a metro Detroit initiative to take a stand against distracted driving.


The pilot project is a partnership between the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office and the Sam Bernstein Law Firm, and is meant to raise awareness about the perils of distracted driving while aiming to prevent injuries and fatalities.

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Published October 23, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — A Clinton Township man was crying tears of joy when he heard his sentence Oct. 22 in Macomb County Circuit Court.

Surrounded by family and friends, 32-year-old Matthew Magdowski was sentenced by Judge Diane Druzinki to a mandatory two-year sentence for possessing a firearm during a felony involving the death of his friend, 33-year-old Joseph Saroli.

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Published October 22, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It was the week of Thanksgiving 2013 and young Robert Perkins was just like any other boy.


After a doctor’s visit prior to the holiday for a run-of-the-mill sore throat, Perkins’ parents thought nothing of it.


That was until Robert’s family commented on how slim he looked as opposed to the last time they saw him a month before, and when it came time to delight in desserts, Robert simply opted for multiple glasses of water instead.

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Published October 22, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As part of its “Secrets of My Success” series, the Macomb County Chamber welcomed Emagine Entertainment founder and chairman Paul Glantz for an event on Oct. 14 in Clinton Township.


Glantz took part in a 45-minute question and answer forum with chamber CEO Grace Shore, along with questions from other chamber members.

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Published October 21, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Halloween holiday is notorious for people of all ages who enjoy taking on the persona of someone or something else.

With an ever-present eeriness always associated with Oct. 31, it’s the time of year when ghouls and goblins are welcome with open arms.

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Published October 14, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Marijuana has generally remained a hazy issue in both the state and across the country.


The legality of medical marijuana is nothing new in Michigan, though how it has been treated by both users and law enforcement has been a somewhat slippery slope.


In an effort to maintain the medical use of marijuana for those legally allowed to do so, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees recently approved an ordinance that would make both users and non-users alike safer on roads.

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Published October 14, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township firefighters have experienced an uptick in action recently.


Township Fire Marshal Ron Young said the Fire Department was called to a residential house fire on Sept. 30 on Ehrke Street near 19 Mile and Garfield roads.


Young said a woman was on her way to take her children, ages 3 and 8, to tutoring sessions when a fire broke out in an upstairs bedroom.


The home, which is a duplex, was inhabited by the woman’s brother who lives downstairs. He was reportedly not injured.

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Published October 14, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Resurrection Cemetery believes it’s a good time to further meet the needs of the community.


The cemetery, which has been a mainstay in Clinton Township for decades, received unanimous approval from the Clinton Township Board of Trustees in September to develop a 65-acre addition on its property.


Development first approved by the Township Planning Commission will take place along the land fronting the north line of Clinton River Road, and the west line of Romeo Plank Road.

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Published October 13, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When the Chippewa Valley football team took the field for its homecoming game against Utica Eisenhower on Oct. 9, it was 50 years to the date from Chippewa’s very first homecoming game.


More than 15 players from that 1965 team were on hand to participate in homecoming festivities this year, and also to share memories with their former classmates and teammates.


Some of those memories, 1964-65 Chippewa quarterback Bob Konupek said, include corn stalks and an unfinished high school building.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When you look at the ingredients that create one box of Yumbitz, you’ll notice that the first ingredient is “LOVE.”


That is the mission maintained by Monica Martin, the Clinton Township-based owner of a growing cookie company.


Yumbitz comes in resealable white packages that give individuals a glimpse of the deliciousness waiting inside, and since the business officially took off, success has taken Martin by storm.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township residents might want to save a few more bucks every month to cover their water bills.


That’s because the Township board of trustees unanimously, yet reluctantly, approved a rate increase at the discretion of the township’s finance department.


Water usage charges will increase from $2.55 per unit to $2.87, while sewage usage charges will increase from $4.79 per unit to $5.35.

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