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Published January 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Three elections will dominate discussion of government and politics at the state, local and national levels in 2016.

While a new president will be elected this upcoming November, all four Macomb Township trustees, Supervisor Janet Dunn, Clerk Michael Koehs and Treasurer Karen Goodhue will also be facing an election cycle.

March 8 is the date for the presidential primary. Aug. 2 brings the primary election. Candidates for federal, state, county and local offices will appear, with the exception of president.

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Published December 30, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — As 2015 comes to a close, the Macomb Township Chronicle is looking back at what stories mattered most to residents of Macomb Township over the past 12 months.

Significant court cases, a new waste hauling service, stories of tragedy and tales of inspiration dotted the calendar.

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Published December 23, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Fifth-grade students from Shawnee Elementary School are being transformed into superheroes this year, and their next mission is giving their capes to ill children at Children’s Hospital of Michigan this Christmas.

Inspired by the book “What’s Under Your Cape?” fifth-grade teachers Lisa LoMedico and Katie Couture set out to create a unique curriculum for their students this year.

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Published December 22, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The probable cause conference in the case of a 61-year-old woman charged with fatally shooting her husband the day before Thanksgiving was delayed a week until Dec. 21 during its original hearing scheduled for Dec. 14.

Julie Kay Chimelak, of Macomb Township, is facing a life felony charge of second-degree murder following the shooting of her husband, Ronald George Chimelak, 75.

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 16, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — An executive order issued by President Barack Obama this past January is causing Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham to begin searching for a new vehicle for his department’s SWAT team.

Due to the order, the Sheriff’s Office lost its armored personnel carrier in early December because of its designation as a “tracked” armored vehicle, which is now prohibited for use by local law enforcement.

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Published December 7, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said an alleged threat made during a conversation between two L’Anse Creuse High School-North students in November has been deemed as “no credible threat.”

“We investigated the comments made by a couple students,” Wickersham said. “We investigated and found no credible threats or actions that rises to a criminal action.”

Consequently, many unsubstantiated claims that students were advised to stay home from school began to appear on social media.

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Published December 3, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel filled the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with positive vibes as he presented his fifth State of the County address on Dec. 2.

Hackel, standing in front of a large video screen that flashed photos, videos and impressive stats throughout the 45-minute address, delved into the county’s achievements in recent years and its thrilling future.

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Published December 2, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The marching band from Dakota High School continued its tradition of having a very busy Thanksgiving Day.

For most of the 183-member band, that meant waking up around 5 a.m. to hop on buses and head to downtown Detroit for America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The band, which director Rob Abend said has performed in at least eight consecutive parades, performed a medley of Christmas numbers, as well as “Light My Fire” by The Doors, throughout the 90-minute, 3-mile march.

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Published December 2, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Visitors to the Macomb Township Hall building will notice a new flag being flown on the front lawn of the building.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart recently recognized Macomb Township as a “Purple Heart Community,” and the order’s flag will be flown underneath the State of Michigan flag.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 30, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s department has reported that a woman has been charged following a fatal shooting during the afternoon of Nov. 25.

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Published November 25, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — When he was in fifth grade, Adam Majestic wrote that one of his goals was to become an Eagle Scout.

The following year, in 2009, he began to pursue that goal by joining the Boy Scouts.

Nearly 30 merit badges and 52 nights of camping over the past six years led him to accomplish his goal this fall.

“This was my ultimate goal,” said Majestic, who is also using the honor as an edge in applying for colleges.

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Published November 24, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Parks and Recreation Department for Macomb Township is preparing to host its 11th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony.

The free event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Township Hall building, as well as at the Recreation Center.

“We encourage families to continue this tradition or start a new tradition, and kick off their holiday seasons with us,” said Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 20, 2015

During a Nov. 20 press conference, Crime Stoppers of Michigan announced a cash reward for information leading to an arrest in the hit-and-run death of a freshman student at Central Michigan University who was from Macomb Township.

Ryan Tsatsos, a 2015 Warren De La Salle graduate, was killed the night of Nov. 1 while walking with friends northbound on Crawford Road in Union Township, which connects an off-campus housing area south of the CMU campus with on-campus dorms.

Several family members, close friends and law enforcement officials also spoke at the press conference.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 18, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Michigan State University Extension is in the midst of meeting with residents statewide to learn which pressing issues and topics they would like to see in educational programming offered at sites locally or statewide.

During a forum held Nov. 12 at the North Branch of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, a cross section of about 15 individuals ranging from public officials to residents took part in discussing and identifying those potential topics.

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Published November 16, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The scores for Chippewa Valley Schools students on the ACT are on the rise, according to a presentation during a Board of Education meeting earlier this month provided by Ed Skiba, director of secondary education for the district.

Across the district, 1,285 ACT exams were taken by CVS students in 2015, with an average score of 21.1, which is higher than the state average of 20.1

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