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Published March 15, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Fire Department will eventually enjoy a new, enhanced truck.

At the Feb. 27 Board of Trustees meeting, the board unanimously approved the purchase of a new ladder truck. Trustee Jenifer “Joie” West was absent.

Clinton Township Fire Chief Mike Phy said four vendors submitted bids — which were opened in January — to replace a 14-year-old ladder truck that’s currently part of the fleet. The truck was budgeted at $1 million, with the truck costing an estimated $972,757.

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Published March 13, 2017

FRASER — A long couple of months will soon conclude for three families who have lost their homes due to the 15 Mile Sewer Interceptor Collapse.

On March 8, the Macomb County Office of Public Works enlisted the aid of the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad to use its robots to enter the homes and check on the families’ personal belongings.

The crew was on the scene around 10:30 a.m., along with Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, Fraser Mayor Joe Nichols and engineers from Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc.

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Published March 13, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The $17.8 million proposed 2017-18 township budget tackles pensions and retiree health care contributions, staffing, and increases in water and sewer rates.

Township Finance Director Donna Lauretti and Assistant Finance Director Mary Hein delivered a fiscal year 2017-18 budget presentation to the Clinton Township Board of Trustees Feb. 27.

During the presentation, Hein announced that a 5.4 percent increase in water rates will be effective July 1. The increase is due to preliminary figures set forth by the Great Lakes Water Authority.

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Published March 9, 2017

Due to the severity of the power outages in metro Detroit, many communities are opening shelters where residents without power can go to warm up.

WARREN

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts announced that the city would operate an emergency shelter, set to open at 6 p.m. March 9 inside of the Warren Community Center at 5460 Arden, south of 14 Mile Road and west of Mound.

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Published March 8, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A professional a cappella group from Sweden will soon be making its way across the pond to perform at Chippewa Valley High School. 

“The Real Group” is a five-person a cappella group that will bring its talents to the high school for a concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26.

Olivia Ferguson, a teacher, accompanist and collaborative pianist for Chippewa Valley’s choir department, said the Real Group features jazz a cappella music, but also sings familiar pop and classical tunes, frequently in English and Swedish.

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Published March 8, 2017

FRASER — The Fraser Department of Public Safety has concluded that a train-related death was the result of a suicide.

Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes said the incident occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the railroad tracks near 14 Mile Road and Masonic Boulevard.

The victim — a man estimated to be in his late 20s and from Oakland County — allegedly walked a quarter-mile down the tracks. He was far enough away from the main intersection to not be seen by anyone in passing vehicles, Pettyes said.

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Published March 8, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Sky lanterns may look beautiful, but they’re not safe.

That was the message delivered during the Clinton Township Board of Trustees’ Feb. 27 meeting, when an ordinance amendment was introduced to curtail the influx of sky lanterns hovering in the township’s skies.

Ordinance No. 429 was presented by Clinton Township Fire Chief Mike Phy and Fire Marshal Mike Bobzin. It would amend the current fire code to prohibit unmanned, airborne devices emitting open flames or sparks, and would make minor changes regarding open burning.

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Published March 8, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As if one giant sinkhole wasn’t enough, Clinton Township officials recently learned of a smaller one near a local business.

The owner of Alex’s — a restaurant at 36566 Gratiot Ave., just south of Metropolitan Parkway — notified the Clinton Township Water and Sewer Department of a small sinkhole the week of Feb. 19.

The sinkhole was located in the parking lot at the rear of the building. Clinton Township Water and Sewer Department officials immediately arrived to perform a site evaluation.

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Published March 8, 2017

CLINTON/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After gaining approval from state and county officials, Chippewa Valley Schools officially has a bond proposal election set for May 2.

The proposal’s ballot language can now be found on the Macomb County Clerk’s website, and it details the purpose of the bond and provides information about the financial impact on residents in the district and on the district itself.

If approved, the bond program would create $89,950,000 in funds for Chippewa schools, and it would increase property taxes on district residents by 0.5 mills.

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Published March 7, 2017

CLINTON/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After gaining approval from state and county officials, Chippewa Valley Schools officially has a bond proposal election set for May 2.

The proposal’s ballot language can now be found on the Macomb County Clerk’s website, and it details the purpose of the bond and provides the financial impact on residents in the district and the district itself.

If approved, the bond program would create $89,950,000 in funds for Chippewa schools, and it would increase property taxes by 0.5 mills on district residents.

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Published March 6, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The Clinton River watershed is important and it must be maintained.

That is the message being delivered by the nonprofit Clinton River Watershed Council, which works to protect, enhance and celebrate the river, its watershed and Lake St. Clair.

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Published March 3, 2017

The Knights of Columbus No. 4188
870 N. Main St., Clawson

The Knights of Columbus will host all-you-can-eat fish dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children. All proceeds will benefit the South Oakland Autism Society. For more information, call (248) 588-3547.

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Published March 1, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is spreading awareness about the perils of diabetes and kidney disease in African-American communities by offering preventative tips and health management advice.

Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and strokes, and is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. There are two major types of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes refers to an individual who is dependent on insulin therapy to stay alive because the pancreas — the organ that makes insulin — is unable to do so.

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Published March 1, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Bill Sowerby, D-Clinton Township, introduced his first bill Feb. 16, calling for mandatory full-day kindergarten for all Michigan children ages 5 and older.

House Bill 4250 would require a school district to offer full-day kindergarten in the same manner that other grade levels are offered, with a parent or guardian making sure the student is in attendance.

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Published March 1, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In our fast-paced world, old education models have been reconfigured to offer students a plethora of new opportunities.

Baker College recently announced a partnership with the company StraighterLine in an effort to reduce financial concerns related to fulfillment of higher education goals.

StraighterLine was founded in 2009 and currently serves approximately 10,000 students.

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Published March 1, 2017

FRASER — Local residents are attempting to fight back against crime in their neighborhoods.

On Feb. 22, at Fraser City Hall, a group of about 30 residents gathered for the first official neighborhood watch meeting for neighborhoods north and south of Masonic Avenue. The south side of Masonic is recognized as the Venetian Village side, while the north side is known as Village Two or Venetian Woods.

A neighborhood watch group has existed within Hanover Grove for the past year.

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Published February 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The suspect in at least 29 commercial and residential break-ins across south Macomb and Oakland counties has been caught in the act by Warren police.

Armed with a description of the suspect and his vehicle, officers assigned to the Warren Police Department Special Operations Unit spotted 44-year-old Jeffrey Stackpoole, of Roseville, and the white 2003 GMC Sierra near 12 Mile and Hayes roads at 12:36 a.m. Feb. 22.

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Published February 22, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Feb. 6, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of extending the contract of current Police Chief Fred Posavetz.

Posavetz, who originally entered into a contractual agreement April 19, 2007, has a current contract that would have expired June 16 of this year if the Board of Trustees rejected the extension.

The four-year extension will now last until June 16, 2021. He currently has an annual salary of $114,056. 

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Business leaders from across the region attended the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joined Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director John Paul Rea to recognize the award winners.

JEM Tech Group in Clinton Township won the Efficiency Expert award.

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Published February 22, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Helping other people is in Sarah Maisano’s blood.

Maisano, 17, of Clinton Township, was recently recognized by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The national program honors younger individuals for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

A high school and middle school student from each state, as well as the District of Columbia, are honored by Prudential Financial. Conducted by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the awards are in their 22nd year.

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