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Published December 20, 2012

A Fraser High School student has been arrested and is facing felony charges related to allegations that he said aloud on Dec. 18 that he would bring a gun to school Friday, Dec. 21, and shoot people in light of it being the “end of the world” by the Mayan calendar, said a Fraser Public Safety detective.

Police Lt. Dan Kolke, of the Fraser Department of Public Safety, said there was no indication that the student actually ever brought a gun into school — he was arrested on Dec. 19 — but still faces felony charges related to the alleged threat.

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Published December 19, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — One Detroit resident’s Christmas got considerably brighter this year after receiving a new car, courtesy of a Clinton Township collision shop and a Harrison Township auto parts store.

“No one can top this Christmas present. No one,” said recipient Sharon Jacobs. 

For the second year running since it opened in 2011, Jim’s Collision Shop in Clinton Township, in association with the Bath City Business Consortium chapter of BNI, donated a car to an individual in need of transportation.

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Published December 19, 2012

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Police dispatch in Clinton Township will be handled by Macomb County beginning next year, under a decision reached Dec. 17 by the township trustees.

The Clinton Township Board of Trustees voted 4-2 to approve a three-year intergovernmental agreement for regional emergency dispatch services.

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Published December 17, 2012

LANSING — Though right-to-work legislation was passed and signed into law, the state representatives who represent Clinton Township and Fraser cast their votes against the legislation.

State Rep. Ken Goike, R-Ray Township, who represents a portion of Clinton Township along with Macomb and Ray townships, was one of six House Republicans to vote against the right-to-work bill.

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Published December 17, 2012

FRASER — The Fraser City Council recently recognized the 90th birthday of longtime city resident Joe DiStefano with a special tribute during its meeting.

During a ceremony replete with memorable stories, DiStefano, surrounded by family members, received a certificate of recognition from the City Council and a state proclamation from state Rep. Marilyn Lane, D-Fraser, and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“We have a great deal to thank you for, not only as individuals, but as a community,” said Fraser Councilman Bill Morelli.

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Published December 17, 2012

FRASER — The spirit of Christmas was in the air Dec. 12, when 35 children excitedly hurried up and down aisles at the Fraser Meijer store with Fraser police officers and paid-on-call firefighters pushing shopping carts behind them.

Meijer’s annual Christmastime program pairs underprivileged children, ages 5 to 13, with a local emergency responder and a $100 gift card to use however they see fit.

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Published December 12, 2012

FRASER — News that a state board had recommended Fraser’s proposed barrier-free park project for a grant fell upon welcome ears within the Fraser community after it was announced Dec. 5.

The $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant will go to reimburse a major chunk of the infrastructure costs associated with eventually outfitting Fraser’s McKinley Park to accommodate people both with and without physical and sensory challenges.

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Published December 12, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township may be the next municipality to decide to consolidate emergency dispatch services with Macomb County.

The Clinton Township Board of Trustees will consider at its Dec. 17 meeting a resolution that, if passed, would contract the county to take on police and fire dispatch operations on behalf of the township. Final details about what the proposal would include were expected this week.

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Published December 11, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel again stressed the need to market the county during his second State of the County address.

“I challenge everyone to become a Macomb ambassador,” he said during the Dec. 5 address. “Express your pride in living or growing your business here in Macomb County.”

Hackel’s roughly 30-minute address, which included video segments, took place before an invitation-only crowd of more than 1,000 people.

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Published December 11, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Sometimes, in casual conversation, Donald Green asks people who live in Clinton and Macomb townships whether they know how the townships got their names.

“I get a wide range of answers; sometimes just a shrug of the shoulders and, ‘I don’t know,’” said Green, a Clinton Township resident and local historian.

To help people recognize the two namesakes, Green and his wife, Mira, recently donated framed portraits of DeWitt Clinton and Alexander Macomb to the three Clinton-Macomb public libraries.

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Published December 5, 2012

FRASER — Fraser code enforcement officer Gary Budchuk pulled up to the curb and eyed the gutter on the side of the house.

For a code enforcement officer, it was the ideal situation. After previously notifying the property manager about the problem — in this case, a gutter that was falling off the side of the house — the problem was fixed without him having to issue a ticket.

“We want compliance,” Budchuk said. “We really don’t want to have to write tickets.”

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Published December 5, 2012

FRASER — On Oct. 18, Greg Mueller, facing the prospect that he and his wife could close the doors of their Fraser deli store for good, posted a plea for support on Facebook.

“Times are getting tough and (it’s) getting harder to keep the doors open,” read the message, in part, as posted on Mam n Paps Deli’s Facebook page.

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Published December 5, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Sharyn Hopper was already caring for her 26-year-old son when her two young grandchildren came under her full-time care in October 2011.

Nowadays, outside of a few precious hours on Tuesday afternoons that she spends with a senior bowling league, the 67-year-old Clinton Township resident’s time and attention are nearly consumed with taking care of children.

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Published November 30, 2012

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/FRASER — A Clinton Township teen who ran away from home was found nine days later, and he and his mother are thanking local community members for banding together to look for him.

On Friday, Nov. 16, Dakota “Cody” Strine, 15, took out the trash and decided to run away. A search effort garnered participants and attention from across the metro Detroit area after the youth’s disappearance was reported by Detroit TV channels, radio stations and newspapers.

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Published November 27, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Not everyone has a place to spend the holidays.

However, thanks to a partnership between the Macomb County Senior Nutrition Program and Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, roughly 450 people who aren’t able to leave their homes didn’t have to go without the tastes of Thanksgiving this year.

Since 1996, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital — located on 19 Mile, west of Garfield — has lent its kitchen facility and culinary staff to make the meals that are delivered to homebound seniors through a county program called Meals on Wheels.

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