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Published November 21, 2012

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Margie Anders remembers the first time she was introduced to the Goodfellows. It was Christmastime, and she was only 3 years old.

She can still picture the Goodfellows — men in long, red suits — coming through the front door and dropping off plastic bags of Christmas presents for her and her five siblings. Her mother, a single parent of six, was crying with joy, she recalled.

“She told me she wasn’t sad. She was happy because us kids were so good that Santa sent his special friends to buy for us,” Anders said.

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Published November 21, 2012

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On the eve of Ernest Hornung’s last day as a township trustee, Clinton Township officials recognized his legal expertise and 18-year service to the township with high praise.

The comments came at the end of the Board of Trustees’ Nov. 19 meeting.

“I just want to say it’s been a real privilege to serve as a township trustee for these 18 years,” he said at his last board meeting as trustee. “I want you to know that I did my best to tailor my decisions in a reasonable and responsible manner.”

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Published November 20, 2012

FRASER — Three Fraser schools were recently placed on brief lockdown periods as a precautionary measure after Fraser police arrested three Detroit men accused of committing a home invasion at an apartment complex in the area of 15 Mile and Garfield roads.

Police reports indicate that, at about 12:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Fraser Public Safety officers arrived at a Fraser apartment complex after getting a GPS hit on a vehicle that had been stolen in Highland Park. Officers arriving at the apartment complex watched the three suspects go into an apartment.

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Published November 15, 2012

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/ FRASER — Veterans Day events at the Fraser VFW and Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township on Nov. 11 recognized members of the U.S. Armed Services past and present, living and deceased, for their service.

For Amber Hensen, whose husband, Ssg. John Hansen, was killed by an improvised explosive device in July while on duty in Afghanistan, the day was a somber affair. John Hansen had previously served a tour in 2009 in Iraq.

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Published November 15, 2012

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP —The Clinton Township Fire Department will launch its new ladder truck into service sometime next month, fire officials said recently.

“We were trying to get into a new vehicle that was lighter in weight and had the ability to carry more equipment than the ones we’ve had in the past,” said Clinton Township Fire Chief Jack Shea.

In fact, the fire truck is about 20,000 pounds lighter, fire officials said.

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Published November 8, 2012

Thomas

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Nicholas Thomas always wondered how he would react in the face of danger.

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Published November 7, 2012

State Rep. Marilyn Lane, D-Fraser, will represent Fraser, Mount Clemens and most of Clinton Township for a second term in the Michigan House of Representatives.

The Fraser Democrat won with a sizeable 61.7 percent of the 29,600 votes cast in the 31st state House District.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to Lansing and getting back to work,” said Lane, a former Fraser mayor. “I’m humbled by the overwhelming vote of confidence that District 31 placed in me.”

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Published November 7, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It didn’t take long for local musician Jeffrey Adam Gutt to win a national fan base: just seven minutes of primetime exposure on FOX’s “The X Factor” that included belting a gritty-yet-soothing rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Thousands of fans cheered and applauded within the auditorium, as the Clinton Township resident’s performance won “yes” votes from all four judges.

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Published November 7, 2012

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman said lane closures on Gratiot Avenue, near the border of Clinton Township and Mount Clemens, have all ended as construction comes to an end.

The project’s completion marked the last phase of a two-year series of renovations along Gratiot (M-3), between Remick Drive and Sandpiper Drive. As of Nov. 2, the project was essentially complete, with all but a punch list of things to wrap up, said MDOT spokesman Rob Morosi.

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Published November 7, 2012

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Republican Kim Meltzer won the Clinton Township’s clerk’s seat by a slim margin, according to unofficial election results.According to the unofficial results, Meltzer, a former state representative, received 50.8 percent of the 43,763 votes cast, or 671 more votes than incumbent Clerk George Fitzgerald’s 49.2 percent.

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Published October 31, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Just like any other business corridor in any other part of the state, or any other part of the country for that matter, the three-mile stretch of Gratiot in Clinton Township has seen its fair share of empty storefronts during the last few years.

Anecdotal accounts shared by business owners say the number of vacant shops along the avenue began to rise as early as 2005 and continued throughout the economic recession.

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Published October 31, 2012

FRASER — In the face of declining grant funding, the Hope Center in Macomb is trying to turn up the dial on its other largest funding source — donations — to offset cuts and maintain services.

For instance, one of its bigger grants, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program grant, is expected to decrease 14 percent this year, said Hope Center Executive Director Chet Decker.

“We work hard on getting grants, but we depend a lot on individual donations,” Decker said.

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Published October 31, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The University of Phoenix recently announced plans to phase out and eventually close the doors of 115 campuses and satellite locations, including the Macomb Learning Center in Clinton Township.

The Macomb Learning Center, which serves as a satellite location, has been located at 19176 Hall Road since it opened in the fall of 2005.

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Published October 31, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township will accept bids on 25 single-family homes and condos in hopes of getting the properties back onto the tax rolls.

The township will market and accept closed bids on the properties over the next month, until 10 a.m. Nov. 29.

The marketing process will include posting signs on the properties and holding open houses.

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Published October 30, 2012

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A gas station attendant is in serious condition after a lone gunman shot him multiple times during the early morning hours of Oct. 30.

The gunman walked into the Mobil gas station at Harper Avenue and Denton Street, north of Metropolitan Parkway, around 2 a.m. and shot the clerk in a back room, said Clinton Township Capt. Rich Maierle. The clerk was shot four times, including once in the eye.

The gunman went behind the counter but didn’t appear to be able to open the computerized cash register, Maierle said.

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