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Published December 7, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A three-person committee has been formed to review the circumstances which led up to the approval of Rizzo Environmental being selected as the Macomb Township waste hauler.

During the supervisor comments section of the Nov. 21 Board of Trustees meeting, Supervisor Janet Dunn requested to form a committee made up of members who had no involvement in the 2015 waste hauling contract negotiations.

Township Treasurer Karen Goodhue, Trustee Nancy Nevers and newly-elected Trustee Tim Bussineau will make up the committee.

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Published December 7, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A local girl is planning a party for a cause close to her heart.

Liza Lucaj, a Macomb Township resident and a senior at Austin Catholic High School in Chesterfield Township, plans to host a Christmas party for students with special needs Dec. 17.

Lucaj’s little sister Gina, 13, sustained a brain injury prior to being born when her mother was in a car crash during pregnancy.

Gina has battled cerebral palsy and a host of other health challenges early in her life, but has been an inspiration for her older sister.

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Published December 7, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The work of three retiring teachers with more than 70 combined years of elementary school teaching experience in the Chippewa Valley Schools district was recognized during a Board of Education meeting Nov. 21.

Jeanne Forbes, Wesley Fishwick and Patricia O’Reilly were recognized by the board, as all of them plan to retire at the end of this school year.

Forbes, who started teaching in 1986, spent all of her 31 years in the district as a fourth-grade teacher at Huron Elementary.

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Published November 30, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Due to a changing economic climate locally, the Chippewa Valley school district is facing a shortage of food service and custodial personnel.

During a Nov. 14 Board of Education meeting, Mary Ann Reed-Panchenko, a food service employee at Miami Elementary, expressed her frustration with the lack of help in her building and elsewhere throughout the district.

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Published November 30, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Growing up isn’t always easy, for both children and parents.

The Clinton-Macomb Public Library has joined 400 libraries in 27 states by offering “Grow, Play, Learn” — a program that is part of the Family Place initiative, which emphasizes that literacy begins at birth.

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Published November 29, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After a meeting between Macomb County, Macomb Township and Chippewa Valley Schools officials during the early morning of Nov. 16, a speed study that has already begun is the first of several potential steps to address safety concerns for students who walk to school near the intersection of Heydenreich Road and 21 Mile Road.

Plans for the study began shortly after the death of a Dakota High School student Nov. 4.

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Published November 29, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — New Macomb Township Clerk Kristi Pozzi officially began her role Nov. 21.

Without a challenge from a Democratic candidate, Pozzi’s victory in a three-person primary election Aug. 2 allowed her to cruise through the general election Nov. 8.

Pozzi, 44, previously worked as a medical program specialist for the Macomb County Circuit Court, and she has been a member of the Macomb Township Zoning Board of Appeals.

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Published November 23, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — As Macomb Township continues to grow, so does the workload for employees in the township’s planning and engineering departments.

To accommodate those increases, Supervisor Janet Dunn requested to add three positions to the staff during a Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 9.

One of the positions, a planning director, will be filled by Patrick Meagher, who has already been serving as the township planning consultant on a part-time basis for the past three years.

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Published November 22, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Kim Mathers will not receive jail time after pleading no contest to a charge of operating a vehicle while visibly impaired.

Mathers, the ex-wife of rapper Eminem, received a sentence of 12 months of reporting probation, as well as a fine of $900, after she crashed her 2009 Cadillac Escalade in an admitted suicide attempt Oct. 7, 2015 on Card Road near 23 Mile Road in Macomb Township.

She was in 41-A District Court of Shelby Township to receive her sentence Nov. 22.

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Published November 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Following the death of a Dakota High School student Nov. 4, a group of concerned parents sparked discussion for how to make Heydenreich Road safer.

The student was struck by a vehicle around 7 a.m. Nov. 4 while she was crossing Heydenreich near Vine Drive, which is in between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads.

Citing poor lighting, a lack of connecting sidewalks and a high speed limit, Rebecca Jones, a parent to five children in Chippewa Valley Schools, started an online petition for a safer road near the high school.

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Published November 21, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — In the wake of the tumultuous 2016 presidential election, both local and state education officials are reaching out to parents in regard to concerns of discontent among students.

State Superintendent Brian Whiston confirmed in a letter that since the Nov. 8 election, “there have been a number of reported incidents in Michigan schools of students harassing, bullying, intimidating and using hateful speech toward other students.”

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Published November 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You managed to stay cool on social media during the entire political season. You didn’t once snap at Uncle Bruce’s relentless posts bashing your candidate, and now that the election is over you can take a deep breath and relax.

But wait.

Thanksgiving is this week, and even more holidays are just around the corner.

You’ll have to see family members on either side of the aisle, and face it, there just isn’t enough pie to bring them all together.

You’re not alone.

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Published November 16, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Turning 50 years old gave Anjan Shah a chance to reflect on his past experiences in life.

Shah, a Chippewa Valley High School graduate who now lives in Baltimore, said one of those experiences he reflected on was his time as a member of the Chippewa band during his high school years.

He soon reached out to some of his former bandmates and eventually got 20 people on the same conference call to hatch the idea of creating a reunion band.

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Published November 14, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Richmond City Council member has been elected to the state House of Representatives District 33 seat.

Jeff Yaroch, a Republican, won with 70 percent of the vote in the Nov. 8 general election against Democrat Yani Warda.

“Ever since I started campaigning, I’ve been out talking to residents door-to-door, hearing what their concerns were, and I’ve been committed to working on those issues,” Yaroch said. “My priority is taking care of the people in this district.”

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Published November 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn was re-elected to her position for the next four years.

In the general election Nov. 8, Dunn, a Republican who was facing no official opposition from a Democrat, received 29,182 votes. Although the number of write-in votes cast for Mark Grabow was not known at press time, the number of total votes cast in the township was just less than 45,000.

“The goal is to get the township up and running again now that this election is over, and get to the business at hand,” Dunn said.

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Published November 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT —  On Election Day, voters in four counties weighed in on a transportation millage proposal by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, and they voted to strike down the plan.

According to unofficial results, in Oakland County, the proposal received 292,401 yes votes, or 49.91 percent, and 293,510  no votes, or 50.09 percent.

In Macomb County, the proposal received 148,159 yes votes, or 39.9 percent, and 222,806 no votes, or 60.1 percent. 

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Published November 8, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — In one way, it was a very good night for Macomb County Commissioner candidate Leon Drolet.

In another way, it could be a great night for Drolet.

With 30 out of 35 precincts reporting in the 13th District for county commissioner, Drolet, a Republican, was leading Democrat Martha O’Kray with 63.4 percent of the vote.

Drolet has also been leading a campaign to vote down the Regional Transit Authority millage. As of 11 p.m., the millage was being voted down in metro Detroit communities by a slim margin.

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Published November 8, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 29-year old Macomb Township man who was riding his bike home from work was struck and killed by a car around 1:20 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that the man, Kevin Fletcher, was hit while crossing the intersection of Romeo Plank and Hall Road by a northbound traveling vehicle. 

The vehicle reportedly fled the scene and continued traveling northbound. 

The man was traveling home from work at P.F. Chang’s at The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township, off of Hall Road.

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Published November 8, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Florida-style senior living community is in the works for Macomb Township, and it would change the landscape of the local golf scene.

A development of more than 300 acres has been conceptualized for where Hickory Hollow Golf Club and Sycamore Hills Golf Club currently sit. 

Plans show that Hickory Hollow would be redeveloped for senior residences, while Sycamore Hills would become an 18-hole course.

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Published November 8, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn released a statement Nov. 3 which says she will initiate a full review of the township’s waste hauler contract with Rizzo Environmental.

In the release, Dunn says she and the Macomb Township Board of Trustees will explore all options, up to and including terminating the township’s contract with Rizzo.

Dunn said that at the board’s Nov. 9 meeting, she will make a motion to begin a thorough review of the trash hauling contract.

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