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Published November 9, 2015

FRASER — Joe Nichols seemingly came out of nowhere to run against City Councilman Paul Cilluffo for mayor.

But the voices of nearly 3,000 residents on Nov. 3 cemented a new era in Fraser politics, as Nichols defeated Cilluffo 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent to succeed Doug Hagerty. The final count was 1,431 votes to 1,280.

Nichols, who later said he knocked on 75 doors on the eve of Election Day, said his campaign consisted of listening to residents and what they desired to move the city forward.

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Published November 9, 2015

FRASER — The residents of Fraser voted for change in 2015.

In a crowded eight-person field vying for three four-year spots on Fraser City Council, newcomers Patrice Schornak and Yvette Foster were the top two vote-getters.

Schornak finished first, claiming 1,251 votes, or 16.8 percent.

“I’m in shock,” Schornak said shortly after results were finalized. “It’s kind of like a ‘pinch me’ moment.”

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

FRASER — Water is a big issue across the state.

As rates continue to increase and taxpayers are forced to adjust their own budgets for changes, smaller cities like Fraser are making strides to address systems beneath residents’ feet.

Fraser City Manager Rich Haberman spread some good news at the city’s Oct. 6 council meeting in the form of proactive grants that will better maintain the city’s sewer and stormwater systems.

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Published November 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Wayne Bibbs is a creative tour de force.

The Clinton Township resident owns his own photography company, has written a screenplay that he hopes turns into a film, and has written random inspirational snippets for coworkers at his full-time customer service position at DTE Energy. He has also acted on local stages for 30 years with the Warren Civic Theatre and the Algonac Community Theatre.

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Published November 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Growing up with a cousin who has autism, Chippewa Valley High School choir director James Pecar has always had a place in his heart for students with the condition.


As he grew into his musical career as a student and now an educator, Pecar has seen the positive impact that a good tune can have on a child with autism.


He has integrated his teachings and performances to help those with the condition, and for his efforts, he received the 2015 Stephen Tsai award from the Autism Society of Michigan in October.

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Published November 4, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — In a world stricken by poverty and disease, the importance of something like Meals on Wheels can never be understated.

The program, which is part of the Office of Senior Services within the Macomb County Community Services Agency, is designed to feed senior citizens who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to mental or physical impairments.  

Distribution is pretty simple: Volunteers deliver hot and fresh food to seniors five days per week on a year-round basis.

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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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