In June, a dedication ceremony was held for the Clinton Township Gold Star Families Memorial Monument. The dedication included remarks from folks like World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams.

In June, a dedication ceremony was held for the Clinton Township Gold Star Families Memorial Monument. The dedication included remarks from folks like World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams.

File photo by Deb Jacques


Year brings police staffing changes, new monument, in Clinton Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published December 20, 2021

 A free Clinton Township Splash Pad community preview and testing days took place Aug. 26 to Sept. 6. A full grand opening is planned for the spring. An estimated 250 people utilized the splash pad the first day it opened.

A free Clinton Township Splash Pad community preview and testing days took place Aug. 26 to Sept. 6. A full grand opening is planned for the spring. An estimated 250 people utilized the splash pad the first day it opened.

File photo by Alex Szwarc

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With 2021 almost over, take a trip back in time to see what some of the top stories of the year were in Clinton Township.

 

January
Clinton Township’s Joseph Jim Palleschi was charged with one count of open murder homicide. Police responded to a home on Vincenzia Drive, south of 18 Mile Road, where the body of Palleschi’s wife, Karen, was found in the area in the house between the garage and kitchen. She was shot once in the head. Palleschi was the co-owner of Villa Restaurant on Gratiot Avenue in Eastpointe. In April, he pled guilty to second-degree murder. In June, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

 

February
In the virtual State of the Clinton Township address, Supervisor Bob Cannon discussed COVID-19 and its wide-ranging effects. Other points included the rollout of the township’s enthusiastic strategic plan, which was many months in the making and gave residents a glimpse as to what they can expect in years to come, and a new website. Other points of note were increases in the township’s census results, a township staff diversity and inclusion seminar, and boosting recreational opportunities by way of an inclusive playground and a splash pad.

 

March
Clinton Township officials and employees said they were “shocked and saddened” to hear the news of Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz’s passing. The 64-year-old died March 22 from complications associated with COVID-19. He began his career with the department in April 1980. In April 2007, he was promoted to chief.

 

April
Bruce Wade was promoted to the role of Clinton Township Police chief April 7. Wade began working for the department in the 1980s. He served as chief until his retirement in October.

 

May
In May, it was reported that 34-year-old Apollon Nimo was federally charged in a wire fraud scheme involving the trafficking of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Employee Purchase Control Numbers, or EPCNs. It is alleged that Nimo, a salesman at Parkway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Clinton Township, improperly trafficked in, used, and sold FCA EPCNs to provide discounts to non-qualified car buyers from 2014 through the present. His next court appearance is scheduled for January.

Also in May, a body was found floating in a pond at Hebrew Memorial Park in Clinton Township. Police later identified the body as a white man, between 25 and 45, with dark hair, and tattoo writing on his chest.

 

June
On June 12, a dedication ceremony was held for the Clinton Township Gold Star Families Memorial Monument. The dedication included the national anthem sung by Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Jim McCloughan, remarks from retired Maj. Gen. Brian Cummings and World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, and the unveiling of the monument. Today, the 98-year-old Williams is the sole living Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.

June also saw a motorist rescued after her vehicle was swept from Millar Road by flood waters. The vehicle was almost completely submerged. Three officers swam to the vehicle and were able to pull the woman to safety before the vehicle became completely submerged. The officers were honored for their efforts in July.

 

July
The first fundraiser was held in July for an inclusive playground in Clinton Township. The Arc of Macomb County launched a fundraising campaign for a special playground that will allow for children of all abilities to play. The plan is to raise over $850,000 for the playground, which would be located near the Splash Pad on the grounds of the Civic Center.

 

August
For the second time in six years, The Wall That Heals visited Clinton Township. For 24 hours a day for four days, beginning Aug. 5, the public had the chance to visit the wall — a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

On Aug. 11, the Fred Posavetz Memorial Garden was dedicated in front of the Clinton Township Police Department. It was donated by Rob Causley, president of Jim Causley Buick – GMC Truck in Clinton Township.

 

September
The Senior Center “Garden of Life,” run by the Clinton Township Senior Center Garden Club, was stripped of approximately 300 pounds of tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, peppers and cucumbers over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The garden is located outside the Clinton Township Senior Adult Life Center.

 

October
On Oct. 14, six candidates were interviewed at a Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education meeting. It was held to fill a vacancy on the governing body following the resignation of Jolene Andriaschko. Ken Pearl, of Clinton Township, was named trustee. He is a former Clinton Township trustee.

 

November
On Nov. 4, Dina Caringi was sworn in as chief of the Clinton Township Police Department. She is the sixth police chief in the department’s 53-year history and the first woman to serve in that role. Caringi is a graduate of Chippewa Valley High School.

 

December
Bus drivers from across Macomb County teamed up to show support to Oxford Community Schools following the fatal Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School

The buses met at the Chippewa Valley Schools Administrative Center in Clinton Township the evening of Dec. 8. They then traveled, with a police escort, to Oxford High School, about eight buses in all.

Messages like “Oxford strong” were inscribed on the buses prior to departure.

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