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Published August 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Jeff Yaroch will be the Republican candidate in the general election this November for the 33rd District of the state House of Representatives.

Yaroch was the top vote-getter in a six-person Republican primary election Aug. 2. He claimed 38.4 percent of the vote, compared to 25.9 percent for Colleen Carl and 18.1 percent for Mel Koch.

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Published August 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township residents learned in early June that they would have a new clerk after this November’s general election, and on Aug. 2, they essentially decided who that will be.

With no Democratic candidates running, the three-person Republican primary election would decide the next clerk.

By collecting 38.1 percent of the vote, Kristi Pozzi was picked to be the next clerk of the township. She outlasted Mickey Todd (32.5 percent) and Charles Missig (29.3 percent).

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Published August 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After a contentious campaign season, Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn will retain her post after ousting Republican challenger Mark Grabow in a primary election Aug. 2.

Dunn collected 60.5 percent of the vote, compared to 39.5 percent for Grabow.

“I’m very relieved that it’s over and now we can get back to the business of the township,” Dunn said.

Barring a massive write-in campaign for the general election, Dunn will now run unopposed for the supervisor position with no opposition from a Democrat.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tri-county residents showed their overwhelming support for the Detroit Zoo at the polls Aug. 2, as they approved a renewal millage from 2018 through 2027.

The zoological authority 0.1-mill renewal millage in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties will cost a homeowner whose home is worth $200,000 about $10 a year and go into effect in 2018 after the current millage expires. It will be used to fund maintenance and operations at the Detroit Zoo. 

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Published August 3, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Immanuel Lutheran Church and School is preparing for its Back2School Fest on Aug. 23.

It will be the church’s fourth year hosting the event, which coincides with its annual fun fair.

As part of the event, the church will distribute 2,000 backpacks and appropriate school supplies for anyone who attends.

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Published July 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — After 18 months of work, the Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education approved the goals of the district’s strategic plan through the 2019 school year.

The process began in January 2015, when district officials invited all members of the community to a forum to discuss what they would like to see improved in the district in the years ahead.

After more than a year of creating and revising goals for the strategic plan, the board approved the plan’s goals during a July 18 meeting.

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Published July 27, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Interim Township Clerk Ed Carey hasn’t had much time to settle into his new role within Macomb Township before preparing for a busy election season.

Carey was appointed by the Board of Trustees June 22 to become the interim clerk following the retirement of Michael Koehs in early June. Carey picked Mickey Todd to be his deputy clerk.

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Published July 20, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County officials recently reported that according to the latest jobs update from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a recent surge in employment numbers has the county holding its strongest workforce numbers in 15 years.

Officials said the county gained nearly 25,000 jobs from January 2015 to May 2016, including 10,000 in just the past three months, to bring the total number of jobs in the county to 408,217.

The county’s high point for workforce came in May 1999, with 437,251 jobs and 2.7 percent unemployment.

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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Michael Cal Brooks had an idea in the back of his head for a novel for about 20 years, but he didn’t know how to go about accomplishing that.

A career contractor, Brooks decided to go back to school in 2008 when business slowed due to the economic recession.

The Macomb Township resident enrolled primarily in history and literature courses and wound up graduating from Wayne State University in 2013.

“As years went by, I had stories in my head, but I didn’t know how to write,” Brooks said.

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Published July 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Court officials confirmed June 27 that Mark Grabow, a candidate for Macomb Township supervisor, pleaded no contest to a charge of election law, failure to perform duty.

Under Michigan statute 771.1, Grabow was placed on probation for 90 days, and the charge will be dismissed. The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that the typical penalty for the offense is a $500 fine and/or up to 90 days in jail.

The plea took place at Shelby Township 41-A District Court.

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Published July 1, 2016

Michigan’s dry. It’s no surprise.

Although no statewide fireworks ban has been instituted, many local communities are restricting burning and fireworks until further notice.

In just one week, Michigan has more than doubled the area considered dry. During the week of June 21, 13.02 percent of the state was abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. When the state was monitored on June 28, that increased to 31.47 percent.

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Published June 29, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A new township clerk and deputy clerk were appointed during the Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting June 22.

The vacancies were created by the recent retirement of former Clerk Michael Koehs, and his deputy clerk, Jim Gelios.

Edward Carey, a 14-year veteran of the Macomb Township Clerk’s Office, was appointed by the board to become the new clerk.

“I’m merely going to keep this seat warm for the next clerk who will be elected in the next few months by the people of this township,” Carey said during the meeting.

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Published June 29, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A request for a conditional rezoning for a 55-acre sports complex in Macomb Township was rejected by the Macomb Township Board of Trustees during a June 22 meeting.

The township’s Planning Commission recommended denial of the request during a June 7 planning meeting when the petitioner, Elite Sport Ventures, presented its project.

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Published June 28, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Macomb Township man was arrested for his fourth operating while intoxicated offense after initially trying to flee from firefighters and sheriff’s personnel around 5:30 p.m. June 21.

The man, Mariusz Jaruntowski, 45, was spotted slumped over the wheel of his 2004 Jeep by Fire Department personnel in the parking lot of the Kroger’s located at 26 Mile Road and Romeo Plank.

Jaruntowski reportedly refused to roll down his car window for the firefighters, and he raced away as firefighters tried to intervene.

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Published June 22, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — “They really lived every day like it was their last.”

When Ella Lafata was 11 years old, she saw both of her parents die nine months apart from each other.

The attitudes that each of her parents had toward their illnesses left a lasting mark on Lafata, and that helped make her one of Chippewa Valley High School’s top graduates this spring.

“Both of my parents were the most full-of-life people ever,” Lafata said. “I have nothing but great memories for both of them.”

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Published June 15, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two local high school seniors were recently honored for their academic successes.

Chippewa Valley High School students Tara Kaszubowski and Alexis Tober each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Clinton Township Friends of the Senior Center.

The scholarship program is in its second year and was established as a means to “pay it forward” and encourage members of the community to help students excel to greatness.

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Published June 15, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Based on the recent findings of a committee to explore staffing needs for the Macomb Township Fire Department, additional personnel may be coming to the department soon.

The Board of Trustees appointed a five-person committee during a May 25 meeting to review the department’s staffing needs.

On June 8, Fire Chief Robert Phillips provided the results of the committee’s discussions to the board.

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