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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

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A case involving a 62-year-old Macomb Township woman charged with second-degree murder is heading to circuit court.

During a Feb. 28 hearing at 41-A District Court in Shelby Township, Julie Chimelak was deemed to be competent, meaning that the case against her could move forward.

Chimelak faces the charge for the fatal shooting death of her husband, Ronald Chimelak, 75, on Nov. 25, 2015.

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Published March 7, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Along 24 Mile Road between Card and Foss roads, sits more than 200 years of Macomb Township history.

A 1-acre cemetery contains the family names of Hall, Foss and Card, all of which are names familiar to the township and its history.

Gravesites of soldiers who fought in the Civil War can be found there along with a couple of individuals who were born in the late 1700’s.

For about the past seven years, one township resident has taken up the responsibility of maintaining this plot of land.

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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

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Statements made in lawsuit filings by legal representatives of former Macomb Township Supervisor Mark Grabow conflict with statements made in a motion for dismissal by representatives of Macomb Township.

Grabow filed suit against the township March 3, alleging that the township’s Board of Trustees violated the Open Meetings Act and also public policy during a Dec. 21, 2016, board meeting.

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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 2, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — With record high temperatures blanketing the metro Detroit region recently, golfers around the area took advantage of a rare opportunity to hit the links in the middle of February.

At least two golf courses in Macomb Township, Sycamore Hills and Cracklewood, opened for business the weekend of Feb. 18 and remained open for much of the following week.

As temperatures soared into the mid-60’s under sunny skies, hundreds of golfers flocked to each course to get an early start on spring.

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Published March 2, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Every math fan’s favorite holiday, March 14, or Pi Day, is coming up, and a local author has published a novel about how the idea of Pi can be a metaphor for life.

Bianca March, 40, of Macomb Township, published “Searching for Pi” last year, and she is going to be offering the book for free in celebration of the upcoming Pi Day holiday.

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Published March 2, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Firefighting wasn’t Jim Peterson’s first job, but it was always his dream job.

Eight years ago, Peterson decided to turn that dream into reality.

A former member of the military and a plastics molder by trade, Peterson joined the Macomb Township Fire Department as a paid, on-call firefighter.

While often working 50 hours per week at his day job, Peterson frequently staffed a 2-6 a.m. shift with the Fire Department. This past December, Peterson was promoted at the Fire Department to become a full-time firefighter.

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Published March 2, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The first phase of a widening project for North Avenue between Hall and 21 Mile roads, is set to get underway this weekend.

Macomb County Department of Roads officials said that North Avenue will be closed down between Hall and 21 Mile beginning at 7 p.m. March 3 through 5 a.m. March 6.

The reason for the closure is to replace a culvert that stretches the length of the road, just south of 21 Mile Road.

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Published March 1, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a pair of homes were broken into in the early morning hours of Feb. 22 in Macomb Township.

The home invasions occurred just blocks apart in the Willowood Subdivision, near 22 Mile Road and Romeo Plank. Authorities said in each incident, the homeowners were home and sleeping when the thefts occurred.

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Officials from Macomb County’s Community Mental Health program urged state legislators during a Feb. 17 forum to address funding problems for services they provide to residents in need.

The issue at hand is that CMH has already lost 14.4 percent (about $18 million) of its Medicaid funding since April 1, 2016, and it is expected to lose another $12.5 million in funding starting this upcoming April 1.

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Three juveniles have been charged for several incidents of throwing rocks at vehicles in Macomb Township and Shelby Township.

The incidents occurred this past November, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office reportedly received a complaint on Nov. 19 that a vehicle was driving on 21 Mile Road in Macomb Township when its windshield suddenly shattered.

A man and his 16-year old daughter were in the vehicle, and the shattering glass led to the daughter’s hands being cut.

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of Macomb Township businesses were recently recognized by Macomb County officials for having unique programs in workforce development and diversification.

At the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14, county officials recognized R&E Automated Systems with a “Champion of Workforce Development” award, and Baker Industries for being a “Diversification Leader.”

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 44-year-old Chesterfield Township man who is already facing charges for second-degree criminal sexual conduct has now been arrested and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that James Beck faces the charges after an alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old Macomb Township girl in early February.

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci has retired from a position in the Macomb County Public Works Office.

Bucci was an operational services manager in the department and was placed on paid administrative leave by new Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller Jan. 3.

Macomb County Corporation Counsel John Schapka confirmed Bucci’s Feb. 14 retirement and said that Bucci will be eligible to receive pension benefits.

Bucci did not return requests for comment on his retirement, and Miller’s office declined to comment.

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Published February 16, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — 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.

R&E Automated Systems in Macomb Township won the Champion of Workforce Development award.

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Published February 14, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Mal Forys never thought he would one day participate in a muscle car show like Autorama.

To have a car worthy of being recognized at nearly the top of a class seemed even further out of reach.

However, that all changed a few years ago.

Forys, a retired Chrysler worker of 41 years and Air National Guard veteran of 30 years, bought himself a Dodge Challenger in 2009 as a retirement gift to himself.

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Published February 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley Schools has unveiled a new website designed to educate student-athletes on how to improve performance while avoiding harmful activities. 

The district’s “Life of an Athlete” website started up Feb. 7 before a crowd of administrators, coaches and student-athletes in the district’s administration building.

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Published February 14, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County officials have approved a $20 million loan that will help fund repairs related to the 15 Mile Road sinkhole.

The funds are specifically earmarked for the Macomb Interceptor Drainage District, or MIDD, and will come from a combination of the county’s general fund and delinquent tax revolving fund.

The MIDD will pull funds from the loan when needed and will pay back the loan within four months through a bond issue. The district will pay a 0.55 percent annual interest rate.

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