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Published January 23, 2013

Randazzo

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Local rescue groups hailed the selection of Jeffery Randazzo as Macomb County’s new animal care and control manager, hoping that, under his leadership, the shelter’s kill rate will go down.

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Published January 23, 2013

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FRASER — A word of caution to all would-be burglars: Steer clear of Tom Shock’s house.

Shock, 50, and his cousin held down a thief at Shock’s Fraser home while they waited for Fraser Public Safety officers to arrive, he said.

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Published January 21, 2013

Acknowledging challenges as the fragile economy recovers from the downturn, Jim Jacobs forecasted a mostly optimistic outlook of continued economic growth for Macomb County in 2013.

“Recovery in 2013 will continue, but it’s going to be somewhat muted,” said Jacobs, an economist and president of Macomb Community College, during the 29th annual Macomb County economic forecast. He delivered the address Jan. 16 at Zuccaro’s in Chesterfield Township.

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Published January 21, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Clinton Township woman passed away Jan. 18 due to injuries sustained from a fire that morning at her home on Biland Drive, according to the Clinton Township Fire Department.

The decedent, Loreena Mary Minaudo, 59, authored books about her experiences with cerebral palsy. She was also the inspiration behind Loreena’s Law, a 2005 state law that allows someone who cannot sign their name because of a disability to legally use their thumbprint instead.

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Published January 16, 2013

FRASER — Recognizing the environmental consciousness of Fraser’s Hayes Masonic Sanitary Interceptor, the Detroit Metro branch of the American Public Works Association recently honored the gravity sewer with one of its awards for outstanding projects.

The implementation of the sanitary gravity sewer most notably stopped massive sanitary sewer overflows that had been occurring for more than a decade within the old sewer system. All told, the $13 million sanitary sewer project took roughly a year-and-a-half to complete.

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Published January 16, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The second of two women who embezzled thousands of dollars from a Clinton Township townhouse cooperative was sentenced Jan. 8 to between 38 months and 15 years in prison.

Erin Michelle Scanlon, 36, had pleaded guilty Oct. 17 in Macomb County Circuit Court to a charge of embezzling between $50,000 and $100,000 while working as the assistant property manager at Clinton Cooperative. The cooperative is located near the intersection of Harper Avenue and Shook Road.

Scanlon also was sentenced to repay $79,422.86 in restitution.

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Published January 16, 2013

FRASER — Fraser City Council members voted Jan. 10 to hire the city’s interim recreation director into a permanent role.

Christina Woods now will serve in a part-time, at-will position, overseeing Fraser programs and events for senior citizens, including senior transportation, as well as city parks and recreation programs for youths, adults and special-needs individuals.

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Published January 11, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township recently budgeted for more dollars for fire department overtime than was originally anticipated.

The township’s governing board voted unanimously on Jan. 7 to approve a request from Fire Chief John Shea for an additional $125,000 to be added to the $700,000 initially budgeted for fire department overtime for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

It is likely that some, but not all, of the additionally budgeted dollars will be used.

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Published January 9, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — During the height of his addictions, Bob Hensley couldn’t have cared less about things he usually enjoyed, like music.

When his 24th birthday rolled around in 1979, it happened to coincide with a Friday pay day. Having gone through rehabilitation already — he began using alcohol and drugs in his teens as a means of fitting in — his first inclination was to celebrate the occasion sober. But then another, more forceful persuasion, almost like that of a bully, told him that he was going to use his drug of choice: heroin.

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Published January 7, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — This Jan. 1, Matt and Melissa Osborne embraced the new year. But, while others were watching the ball drop and clinking Champagne glasses, the Marine City couple had bigger things on their minds.

“To have (a baby) on New Year’s Day, it just kind of cements that even more that this a real big miracle,” Matt said. “We’re always going to remember that, of course because of the baby, but also because of the new year.”

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Published January 2, 2013

It was a year filled with activity in the Journal’s coverage area — from the election to the announcement of a few entertainment changes in Mount Clemens, to big funding announcements that are paving the way to improvements in cities and townships across Macomb County.

Here is a breakdown of some of those biggest local headlines in 2012:

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Published January 2, 2013

The year 2012 was one to remember. It was a year marked by elections at the local, state and, of course, national levels. There were forecasts of continued economic struggles, but also signs that the tide might be about to turn. Scandals and criminal allegations stoked local controversies. And community events and volunteer-led initiatives showed the best of what Clinton Township and Fraser had to offer.

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Published December 27, 2012

The community recently rallied in support of a family of six who were displaced after a fire that claimed their Fraser home two days before Christmas.

After news of the fire spread, family and others from the Fraser community began donating gift cards, clothes, toys and other items to the Tate family, who were not home at the time of the fire. And while no one was injured, the fire claimed nearly everything they owned, including Christmas presents, family photos, mementos, furniture and clothes.

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Published December 26, 2012

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township trustees recently awarded 29 tax-forfeited lots, condos and single-family homes for bids totaling close to $462,000.

Individual bid amounts, as approved at the Clinton Township Board of Trustees’ Dec. 17 meeting, ranged from $6,000 to $32,500, with bids coming in from both individuals and companies.

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Published December 20, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The auditorium hummed with excitement as the graduates, each dressed in the black-and-blue gowns of Macomb Community College, walked across the stage one by one, receiving their diplomas.

Then came Brad Jones’ name, followed by a silent pause as he stepped onto the stage, walking slowly and cautiously, guiding his steps with his Louisville Slugger-shaped cane.

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