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Sarah Wojcik

C&G Staff Reporter – Royal Oak Review


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 April 9, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 1, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to offer a one-year nonunion management contract to Capt. Stephen Stanbury for the position of police chief, with a six-month probationary period.

Stanbury was the single qualifying candidate for the promotion, as determined by the township’s Police and Fire Civil Service Commission. As the highest-ranking police officer, he also has led the Police Department since former Police Chief Roland Woelkers’ retirement in January.

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Published April 9, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For an organization centered on food, a cookbook featuring recipes from local supporters and community members seemed like a natural fit to celebrate 20 years in 2015.

A 1939 Vermont cookbook inspired staff at the Samaritan House, a nonprofit food pantry in Washington Township, to compile handwritten recipe cards to give their cookbook, titled “Joyful Heart,” a more hometown feel and showcase the chefs’ individuality.

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Published April 9, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved two local summer road projects on March 18. Both projects are in excess of $100,000 and therefore require board approval.

Crews will complete a $4.1 million project to widen Van Dyke Avenue to five lanes in Shelby Township from 25 Mile to 26 Mile roads, plus a $1.3 million project to pave Mound Road in Washington Township from 28 Mile to 29 Mile. That stretch currently is a dirt road.

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Published April 9, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It’s back to the drawing board for the Shelby Township Human Resources Department after the resignation of the most recent library director has left the position vacant again since March 31.

But Lisa Suida, HR director, said the township already is interviewing for the position.

Suida said she reached out to the two other candidates who were selected for interviews with the Board of Trustees last August.

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Published April 7, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Circuit Court adjourned the April 2 pretrial conference of Audrionna Rhoades, 21, of Shelby Township, who is charged with second-degree murder and child abuse-leaving a child in a vehicle resulting in death, until 10 a.m. April 30.

Rhoades’ defense attorney, Randy Rodnick, requested a month-long postponement to negotiate a plea agreement with the Macomb Country Prosecutor’s Office. He also postponed his request to hold a Walker hearing, which would address his motion to suppress statements that Rhoades made to police.

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Published April 2, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/TROY — On March 21, Charlie Kadado, 17, of Shelby Township, launched Boundless Talents LLC and publicly released his second book, a children’s book called “Perry Finds His Talent.”

The teen said he sent up to 300 letters to literary agents, found one who was interested, and then decided he didn’t need an agent to get a publisher. He said he submitted his manuscript to publishers, found one who was interested and then decided to start his own publishing house.

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Published April 2, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Golf courses at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township and Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray Township are two destinations along the Municipal Golf Trail (MGT) to offer discounts.

Registration for the MGT is free — registrants receive a player card to use at participating locations, with chances to win prizes every time they use the card.

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Published April 2, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Three Malow Junior High School eighth-graders began planning a personal safety workshop for girls ages 11-14 to fulfill requirements for the Silver Award, the second highest honor in Girl Scouts, two years ago.

The workshop, “Be Your Own Hero,” will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5 at the Shelby Township Community Center. The event is free for Shelby Township residents and $5 for nonresidents.

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Published April 2, 2014

UTICA — The unexpected death of Monsignor William Easton, of National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, this past December caused the Archdiocese of Detroit, led by Archbishop Allen Vigneron, to make new arrangements in the Catholic community.

The archdiocese called the Rev. Robert Fisher, of St. Lawrence Parish in Utica, to take Easton’s place at the National Shrine of the Little Flower, and the Rev. Roman Pasieczny, of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Warren, to take Fisher’s place.

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Published April 2, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Now in its sixth year, the Pink and Blue United for a Cause 5k Run/Walk continues to grow and raise money to help local cancer patients in a very tangible way.

On May 17, the Team Angels Foundation’s event will kick off at 9 a.m. for registration and warm-up exercises, and, at 10 a.m., the walk and run will launch at Stony Creek Metropark’s Baypoint Beach. Cancer survivors are also welcome to participate in a One Mile Survivor walk.

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Published April 1, 2014

UTICA — The Cerku family, of Utica, made it their mission for the last several months to get the Wolcott Mill Metropark greenhouse functional and up to code.

Easier said than done. But with more than 1,200 hours under their belts and more than $10,000 in donated supplies from local companies and greenhouses, the Cerkus — Gus; Faye; Ashley, 23; and 16-year-old Ryan — did it.

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Published March 26, 2014

As the snow melts, unwelcome scenes of crunchy, yellow-brown yards wrought with dead grass and barren landscaping await.

But just because lawns and plants may look completely dead does not mean that they won’t come back. Michigan’s landscaping generally is resilient, despite the worst winter many of us can remember, and most lawns and plants may be pampered back to life.

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Published March 26, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When a retirement opened a sergeant position in January 2013, Matthew Stachowicz was the officer up for promotion, based on an eligibility list that the township’s Civil Service Commission determined.

In March 2013, the Township Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from former Police Chief Roland Woelkers to eliminate the position, and Stachowicz issued a federal complaint against the township May 16, 2013.

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Published March 26, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township police took two reports of BB gun or pellet gun attacks March 9 and 11.

Since early January, metro Detroit authorities said they received at least 11 complaints of BB gun or pellet gun shootings in Oakland County, including Clarkston, Waterford, Auburn Hills, Pontiac and Clawson.

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Published March 26, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Because response times limit immediate intervention, the Shelby Township Police Department annually recognizes community members who went above and beyond to save lives, catch bad guys and assist in investigations.

At the March 18 Board of Trustees meeting, Capt. Stephen Stanbury stood before an uncommonly packed boardroom to announce the eight recipients of the Police Department’s 2013 Civilian Hero Citations and give plaques to those present.

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