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Nick Mordowanec

C&G Staff Reporter – Fraser-Clinton Chronicle, Mount Clemens-Clinton-Harrison Journal


Nick Mordowanec covers Fraser, Clinton Township, Fraser Public Schools, Clintondale Community Schools and Baker College for the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle. Nick, a graduate of Michigan State University, has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2013 and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Chapter and the Michigan Press Association. He has slight obsessions with “Seinfeld” and Led Zeppelin.

Published September 4, 2013

Dogs are labeled as ‘man’s best friend,’ but some dogs make better friends than others.

At least that is the perception in the world of dog adoption, where certain canines are labeled as being friendlier or more appealing to the average person.

You know, the dogs with golden fur or baby blue eyes or spots that look like they were perfectly placed by a meticulous human being.

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Published September 4, 2013

A state grant was recently offered to the Macomb County Health Department (MCHD) as a means of promoting its Infant Safe Sleep Initiative.

The initiative is meant to promote awareness to parents and others who watch and look after infants, and to make sure that people are aware of how infants should be handled and what steps to take if something goes awry.

The MCHD was awarded a $7,500 grant in July that was intended to be spent by September and used for the remainder of 2013. A grant worth $22,500 was awarded for the entire 2014 year.

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Published August 28, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Kuhnhenn Brewing Company has become such a big player in the craft beer game that now it needs a new building to keep production moving.

The company, whose only present brewery is off Chicago Road in Warren, announced an expansion into Clinton Township that will take over the former Evergreen Home and Garden Center at 36000 Groesbeck Hwy. The goal is for the new brewery to be open and functioning by the first quarter of 2014.

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Published August 28, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it takes a strong system to handle the rain flow.

Clinton Township is currently evaluating what the best route is when it comes to its sewers. The current system has existed since the early 1980s, and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has told the township to make changes so unsanitary sewer water does not flow into sterile drains.

The township is deliberating between a gravity system and a forced main system.

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Published August 28, 2013

FRASER — When people suffer from extreme addiction, sometimes the best thing for loved ones to do is find others who empathize with their pain.

Families Against Narcotics, known to members simply as FAN, is a community outreach program that began in 2007 at the height of Fraser’s heroin problem. After countless overdoses and harrowing addictions, people in the community began to step up and admit there was a problem that needed to be solved; they just weren’t sure how.

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Published August 28, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County is giving its residents more options when it comes to the wellness of their pets.

The Macomb County Animal Control and All About Animals are the recipients of three grants that are being used to spay and neuter cats and dogs. The grants total almost $230,000 in funds.

“These grants provide a tremendous opportunity for animal control to lead the way in making sure many of our dogs and cats in Macomb County are spayed or neutered,” said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel in a press release.

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Published August 26, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Sherry Krauss had a nagging feeling, and it turned out that her intuition was unfortunately correct.

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Published August 21, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — They don’t carry guns and they are not vigilantes, but they will report you.

The Neighborhood Watch groups of Clinton Township represent a place in the community that sometimes seems undervalued: citizens looking out for one another.

That was the goal of the National Night Out event on Aug. 13. Seven Neighborhood Watch groups were in attendance, with each group focusing on a certain area of the township in an effort to curb crime and suspicious activity altogether.

Night Out events occur nationwide in August.

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Published August 21, 2013

FRASER — Sometimes a little hope goes a long way.

Hope Center in Fraser, located at 33222 Groesbeck, just north of 14 Mile Road, lives up to its motto every day as it provides others with the opportunity to live a fruitful life, even when reality tries to tell them otherwise.

Founded in June 2010, the center is the biggest food bank in Macomb County. It has distributed 4.9 million pounds of food since it opened, and in 2012 alone, more than 50,000 people were fed and nearly two million pounds of food was distributed.

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Published August 19, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —At the township’s most recent board meeting, the biggest hot-button issue was neither about taxes nor development projects. It was about fireworks.

Ordinance No. 405 was introduced on the Aug. 12 agenda and was the township’s own way of configuring the state’s law into in its own hands, at least as much as possible.

Michigan Fireworks Safety Act was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2011, most notably as a means for revenue enhancement.

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Published August 14, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With municipal budgets not like they used to be, sometimes it takes cooperation between the citizens and the community that serves them to make a difference.

Such is the case with Clinton Township’s Adopt-A-County Road program, an endeavor meant to assist the township in the beautification of its roadways while offering individuals and businesses the opportunity to showcase their names on various stretches of roads.

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Published August 14, 2013

FRASER — Albert Slominski served his country more than 50 years ago. Now, his country is giving back.

Slominski, 75, is a Fraser resident who was recently acknowledged for his tour of duty as a Navy officer. His prize? An Edible Arrangements bouquet and being recognized as the region’s “favorite member of the military” in a true Father’s Day endorsement.

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Published August 8, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The 11th installment of the Gratiot Cruise may have been the best one yet.

That is, according to Linda Walter, Clinton Township’s parks and recreation director, who has worked with the cruise since the very beginning. In an event that is usually weather-driven, this year’s event exceeded expectations from years past.

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Published August 7, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Board of Trustees unanimously ratified a new four-year concessionary contract for the city’s fire department during their July 29 board meeting.

The new contract was ratified on a 7-0 vote and involves a 5 percent increase over the four-year period. The 1.25-mill increase — an average of 23 cents per household per day — enhances the township’s fire department in the wake of property tax reduction that has occurred as a result of a drop in property revenue.

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Published August 7, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — One says “konnichiwa” as a means of saying hello in Japanese, but sometimes that means you have to eventually say goodbye.

Such was the case for a group of 13 travelers from Clinton Township who embarked on a nearly 11-day journey to Japan as part of the Sister City Cultural Exchange program.

The program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, was created to promote global awareness and understanding between people of different backgrounds.

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