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Sarah Wojcik

C&G Staff Reporter – Shelby-Utica News


Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik covers the cities of Royal Oak and Clawson, as well as Royal Oak and Clawson schools, for the Royal Oak Review. She covered Shelby Township and Utica for the Shelby-Utica News from 2013 to 2017. Sarah is a graduate of Oakland University. She has won four Excellence in Journalism awards from the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Published September 4, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Business, fashion and networking opportunities heated up under the roof of the Cherry Creek Golf Club’s banquet center Aug. 28 for the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce’s third Sizzle with Style luncheon.

Announcers Alan Vine, of Advantage Apparel, and Carolyn Martin, of the Village of East Harbor, introduced the local businesswomen and commented on their outfits.

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Published September 4, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Prompted by a letter from Macomb County Sheriff Tony Wickersham to Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis, township officials responded to concerns regarding the county’s assistance with the Shelby police budget.

In the letter, Wickersham expressed that he received many inquiries from members of his office, the law enforcement community and a media reference to the county providing police services to Shelby.

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Published September 4, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — All of the 86 units in Building B at township-owned Shelby Manor Senior Housing are now refurbished, and new fire detectors with lights and louder alarms have been installed after a fire displaced nearly 100 seniors last Nov. 17.

In the spring, the development re-opened 36 units, and 30 seniors returned to Shelby Manor. With the nine-month lapse before the rest of the building became inhabitable again, only nine more seniors are returning.

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Published September 4, 2013

UTICA — It is that time again: St. Lawrence’s Applefest, Utica’s largest event, is rolling into town for its 21st year Sept. 6-8.

The festival is a huge fundraiser and community-building endeavor that attracts tens of thousands of people during its three-day span and benefits St. Lawrence School, its athletic programs and the parish, itself.

With free parking and admission, the event is a popular family destination.

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Published August 30, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The clerk’s office sent notification letters and reissued voter registration cards to more than 20,000 Shelby Township residents after a series of precinct changes, which stemmed from one precinct nearing its maximum voter capacity.

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Published August 28, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — If the Shelby Township Board of Trustees approves a tax abatement at its Sept. 3 meeting, a large manufacturing development will begin to take shape at the Cherry Creek Corporate Park at Shelby Parkway on Investment Drive.

JVIS USA, a manufacturer of a variety of mostly automotive parts, has an agreement with developer Eugene D’Agostini to build a $4.1 million, 100,000-square-foot building that will create 75-100 new jobs, pending the tax abatement approval.

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Published August 28, 2013

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Published August 28, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Police Department is now accepting applications for the fall session of the Citizens Police Academy, a free program for those interested in learning more about how township law enforcement works.

Applications will be accepted until Sept. 26, but Police Chief Roland Woelkers said the community response is overwhelming.

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Published August 28, 2013

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Published August 28, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The brakes in a 49-year-old Chesterfield man’s 1997 Mercury Mountaineer gave out Aug. 22 as his vehicle sped northbound on M-53 from Sterling Heights.

Motorists along the highway noticed the driver’s state of distress and called police dispatch. Officers responded to the situation at around 11:20 a.m.

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Published August 28, 2013

WASHINGTON/SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shoppers have the opportunity now through Sept. 28 to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card at Meijer that will benefit food pantries and local needy families.

Each Meijer location benefits a different local food pantry so donations stay local. The Washington Township Meijer will benefit the Washington Township Samaritan House, while the Shelby Township Meijer will benefit the Macomb Food Pantry.

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Published August 28, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Officials estimate that the park honoring the late fire chief, who passed away due to cancer last year, will be open to the public sometime this fall.

“There’s no one that deserves this treatment more than Gene Shepherd — he was a great man,” said Supervisor Rick Stathakis. “He became chief under my watch and we had a great relationship.”

Stathakis said that what once was a problem for Shelby Township has turned into a huge opportunity for the community to pay a special tribute to the past fire chief.

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Published August 21, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Helping people in need has become a lifestyle for a Macomb Township woman who recently helped secure a $3,500 grant to benefit the Shelby Township Lions Club.

“My brother and I pretty much grew up in that environment, working with the Lions Club or different local charities,” Renee Bisby said. “Over the last several years, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve been working with my parents and staying involved.”

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Published August 21, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The used bookstore situated in a former janitor’s closet at the Shelby Township Library provides cheap prices on donated books and helps fund the Friends of the Shelby Township Library.

The Friends of the Library, through fundraisers such as the used bookstore, have generated revenue to buy computer stations, furniture and other library needs, as well as to support summer reading programs for children, said Assistant Library Director Diane Burgeson.

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Published August 21, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Gabriella Burke, of Shelby Township, is 13 years old and has been dancing for 10 years. Dance is a large part of her life, and she got the opportunity this summer to better her craft in New York City.

She first heard about the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City from a dance instructor at her old dance studio, Bravo Dance Center. She auditioned in Detroit to get in and received an acceptance email placing her in a level and telling her which programs she qualified for.

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