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Published March 12, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Everything worth having comes at a sacrifice.

That’s a lesson Clinton Township residents Josh Garrison, 31, and Jacquelyn Monastero, 28, have been living for the past 10 years.

In January, their story captured national attention when they were named as one of five finalists for a Hawaii wedding giveaway from the ABC morning talk show “Live! With Kelly.” It was too fitting an opportunity to pass up, considering they met 10 years ago on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

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Published March 8, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With the installment of a new gate system at the township’s dog park, township workers will have a more active log of the canines accessing the park.

Township Parks and Recreation Director Linda Walter said the gate system upgrade, which uses plastic key fobs in place of key cards to enter the dog park, will allow them to track in real time who accessed the park. More than 560 people have passes to the park, which is located behind the Clinton Township Adult Senior Life Center on Romeo Plank Road.

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Published March 7, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Whatever their stories or reason for coming, the men who attend a once-a-week parenting workshop have at least one thing in common.

They’re all trying to grow as fathers.

By the time the workshop, aimed at helping men build healthy relationships with their children, begins at 7 p.m., the Macomb Intermediate School District building is all but empty for the night. But in a back room of the building’s second-floor library, the men convene around a table for two hours every Thursday for 14 weeks.

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Published March 1, 2012

FRASER — As 9-year-old Jadan Vizino and 8-year-old Jacob Flachsmann shuffled around the boxing ring, exchanging jabs, it was clear that the pair weren’t mad, but rather were focused.

The punches don’t hurt, Flachsmann said later. Once you’ve boxed a few times, you get used to them.

“It’s real fun,” he added. “You have to be real fast. You have to move a lot.”

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Published January 11, 2012

FRASER — Being without grapplers in the 140- and 145-pound weight classes early in the season isn’t killing the confidence of members of Fraser High School’s wrestling team.

Until the Ramblers can fill those holes, which coach Ed Skowneski says the staff is working on, Fraser will essentially be down 12 points before it hits the mat for its matches.

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Published December 7, 2011

FRASER — It started with tragic news.

Susan Bertolini-Fox’s mother, Irene Bertolini, had breast cancer.

But she wasn’t done living yet. Feeling inspired by a pottery display at Greenfield Village, the mother-daughter duo signed up for a pottery class together at Oakland Community College.

“She was a very positive woman and wanted to do something new,” Bertolini-Fox recalled of her mother, who overcame her diagnosis to live another 12 years before passing away in 1995. But pottery, it turned out, had a much longer impact.

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Published October 20, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHHIP — The Moravian Bridge was reopened to motorists Oct. 14 after about 10 months of construction work on the structure shut it down.

The bridge, which goes over the Clinton River between Cass Avenue and Harrington Boulevard in Clinton Township, had to be completely rebuilt, said Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads.

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Published October 5, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — What’s the difference between a firefighter and a roofer?

Apparently not much if they work for the Clinton Township Fire Department.

Recently, some Clinton Township firefighters teamed up with Macomb County Habitat for Humanity to help install a new roof on a home located on Stepnitz Drive.

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Published August 25, 2011

FRASER — For Fred and Donna Kostrick, work is their lifeblood.

“When you keep busy, it keeps you young,” said Donna, who is 80 years old.

This is the motto of arguably two of the hardest working people in Fraser. Even though the couple technically retired in 2001 after working together for 42 years as gas and water meter installers, they never really did.

“When we retired, we just couldn’t sit around,” said Fred, who is 86 years old. “It started as a hobby, kept growing. Now the whole family is involved.”

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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Published May 11, 2011

Picture a typical senior residence and images of bingo, arts and crafts, and green Jell-O might come to mind.

Walk into a modern retirement community, though, and you may be more likely to see seniors playing video games, heading out with a travel group or performing a sun salutation in yoga class.

Today’s senior living communities are not the stale, dreary places stereotypes make them out to be.

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Published April 21, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Topics like assisted living, medical care and in-home help are a given at a vendor fair organized specifically for retirees. Less expected would be information about yoga and tai chi, dance classes and music lessons for senior citizens.

The Macomb County Wellness and Retirement Expo offers all of that and more.

The free expo April 29 features 65 vendors specializing in services for senior citizens of all types, including the new breed of retiree who wants to keep their youth as they age.

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Published February 2, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Something has to be done about Clinton Township’s police and fire funds, which are both expected to run out of money within three years.

But what, exactly, should be done is up for debate.

The board had a discussion about funding the departments at its Jan. 24 meeting and tossed around the idea of putting a public safety millage on the ballot in May, though no decision was reached.

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Published January 26, 2011

FRASER — The story of Air Force Maj. Robert L. Tucci finally has an ending.

After more than 41 years of wondering what happened to the 27-year-old Fraser man who served in the Vietnam War, the U.S. Department of Defense has returned his remains for burial.

Fraser veterans took off Tucci’s MIA/POW bracelet a decade ago, accepting the fact that he wasn’t coming home, but he was finally given a proper burial Jan. 14.

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Published January 26, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Traffic on Cass Avenue and Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township has been unrestricted — and not just because there’s less congestion on the widened road. There’s been no posted speed limit since the construction project wrapped up a year ago.

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