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Published February 20, 2013

STERLING HEIGHTS —Five Macomb County businesses recently took home hardware from the first-ever Macomb Business Awards.

Four judges narrowed a field of 49 business nominees to winners in four categories: energy efficiency, corporate citizenship, diversification and workforce developments.

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Published February 20, 2013

STERLING HEIGHTS — Omega Plastics in Clinton Township was among a handful of Macomb County businesses that recently took home hardware from the first-ever Macomb Business Awards.

Four judges narrowed a field of 49 business nominees to winners in four categories: energy efficiency, corporate citizenship, diversification and workforce developments.

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Published February 13, 2013

FRASER — Come April, locals will be able to see Vincent van Gogh’s famous “Self-Portrait” and four other masterpieces around Fraser.

That’s because, for the first time ever, Fraser is among the communities receiving replicas of artworks at the Detroit Institute of Arts through the museum’s Inside|Out program.

“The DIA Inside|Out program has always been in bigger communities, so it’s kind of a big deal to be in Fraser,” said Fraser Parks and Recreation Director Christina Woods.

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Published February 13, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —When it comes to recreational developments Clinton Township residents would like to see most, an indoor pool and a splash park top the list, according to an online survey.

But in these financially lean times for local governments, those types of developments might be a long shot. Still, Township Recreation Director Linda Walter said it’s something the township will work toward finding funding for in the long-term.

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Published February 7, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In another move toward streamlining township operations, Clinton Township trustees voted Feb. 4 to merge the township’s financial and human resources departments, effective this spring.

The plan, however, is contingent on confirmation that the restructuring doesn’t conflict with public-services employee union agreements.

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Published February 7, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Township officials agree something has to be done about funding for the police and fire departments, which have had to make do in recent years with fewer personnel.

But the question of what, exactly, should be done will be left to two citizens committees. On Feb. 4, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees voted 6-0 to form the committees, in light of dramatic declines to revenue in the departments.

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Published February 5, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/ MOUNT CLEMENS — Local Catholic Schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week last week, wearing wacky outfits and donating hundreds upon hundreds of nonperishable items for people in need.

National Catholic Schools Week begins every year on the last Sunday in January. This year, it fell Jan. 27-Feb. 2.

At Catholic schools in Clinton Township and Mount Clemens, students had opportunities to play games, watch movies and dress up in costumes, mismatched clothes and purposely wacky attire.

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Published February 5, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At a time when the state’s roads and regional mass transit are certain to make headlines, state Rep. Marilyn Lane, D-Fraser, will serve as the top Democrat of the Michigan House Transportation Committee.

Besides being the Democratic vice chair of the committee, Lane also will be serving as a member on the House Energy and Technology, Elections and Ethics and Financial Services committees during the 2013-14 term.

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Published February 1, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Most of the rest of the world was asleep, but in the early morning hours of Jan. 23, Cheryl Becigneul braved single-digit temperatures to search a frozen field behind a commercial building, looking with a flashlight for people who had spent the night outdoors.

Based on her experiences running a homeless shelter, she knows sometimes the homeless will sleep here during the summer. When it’s this cold, she said, most will have found a place indoors to spend the night.

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Published February 1, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township Supervisor Robert Cannon proposed the township form two citizens committees to research a potential millage increase to increase funding for public safety services.

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Published February 1, 2013

MOUNT CLEMENS — The driver who caused a car accident that led to the death of a 22-year-old Fraser man and injured his twin brother last summer recently pleaded no contest to a felony charge.

Ronald Lee Haggen, 67, of Detroit, submitted the plea Jan. 22 in Judge Mary Chrzanowski’s Macomb County circuit courtroom. A no contest plea, while not an admission of guilt, is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

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Published January 31, 2013

MOUNT CLEMENS — The driver who caused a car accident that led to the death of a 22-year-old Fraser man and injured his twin brother last summer recently pleaded no contest to a felony charge.

Ronald Lee Haggen, 67, of Detroit, submitted the plea Jan. 22 in Judge Mary Chrzanowski’s Macomb County circuit courtroom. A no contest plea, while not an admission of guilt, is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

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Published January 31, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township Supervisor Robert Cannon proposed the township form two citizens committees to research a potential millage increase to increase funding for public safety services.

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Published January 24, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 59-year-old Clinton Township woman who died from injuries sustained in a Jan. 18 house fire is remembered as a persistent advocate for people with physical disabilities.

Loreena Mary Minaudo, whose cerebral palsy required her to use a wheelchair, died after suffering severe burns and smoke inhalation in a blaze that morning at her single-story home.

Following news of her death, friends and colleagues remembered Minaudo as a staunch advocate for people with physical disabilities.

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Published January 23, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s a weekday morning inside Sled Alley Hot Rods in Clinton Township and, as usual, the sparks are flying as owner Matt Gurjack welds a quarter panel onto a 1969 Chevy Camaro.

When Gurjack designs metal parts for a car, there’s a certain amount of artistic flair involved, said Mark Stielow, the Camaro’s owner.

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