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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 March 26, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In the case of the newest hire at the Shelby Township Public Library, a personality trait — organization — led to a vocation.

Rachel Loria, 24, of Oak Park, began her first day as a part-time circulation clerk at the Shelby Township Public Library March 10 after the township Board of Trustees officially approved the hire March 4.

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Published March 25, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Despite fears that excessively cold temperatures would keep the bald eagle couple that nests in Stony Creek Metropark from reproducing, it appears they successfully produced an egg or eggs.

The Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center’s volunteer bird expert and eagle monitor, Ruth Glass, announced the news after a trek to the nest March 13 revealed behavior indicative of incubation.

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Published March 19, 2014

ROCHESTER HILLS — Actors in the Avon Players group have been preparing for “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a play released on Broadway in 1941 about a pair of serial-killing sisters, since January.

Joseph Munem, vice president of marketing and public relations, and a cast member, said the board chose the play last year to tie in with a season-long theme of new, interesting plays people might not have seen before and time-honored classics audiences love.

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Published March 19, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In response to the recession and the high rate of uninsured and underinsured Michiganders, Trinity Lutheran Church, with support from Faith Lutheran Church in Troy, organized a free, nonprofit health clinic geared toward medical and dental care, plus social and spiritual support.

Trinity Community Care (TCC), located at 21 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue, a short distance north of Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica, will host an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 30.

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Published March 19, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Department of Public Works (DPW) Director David Miller stood before the Board of Trustees at a work session March 3 to unofficially present information about “smart” water meters.

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Published March 17, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to suspend the finalization of a European Union trade deal in favor of economic support from Russia fueled violent protests that led to Russian troops seizing control of the Crimean peninsula and a referendum to annex the peninsula.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, whose office is located in Shelby Township and who serves half of Macomb County, supported bipartisan House legislation to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees out of an existing fund to Ukraine.

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Published March 17, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — No one can deny the “deplorable” condition of Michigan roads, as described by Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities (MACRO) Chairman and Sterling Heights City Manager Mark Vanderpool.

Although MACRO — made up of nine municipalities, including Shelby Township and Utica — recently submitted a resolution to the state requesting that part of its $1 billion surplus be used for road repairs, Macomb Department of Roads Director Bob Hoepfner said whatever money Macomb County sees likely would pad its budget gap.

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Published March 12, 2014

Photo courtesy of Stanley Grot
Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot will run for District 36 state representative. The district includes Shelby Township, Washington Township and Romeo.
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Published March 12, 2014

UTICA — Brothers and owners of Hansons Running Shop Kevin and Keith Hanson launched the Bill Roney 5k Run/Walk, which used to be known as the Hansons Run, 22 years ago to mark the start of the running season and bring runners outdoors after winter.

At 10 a.m. March 22, two days after the spring equinox, the race will begin at Flickinger Elementary, course through the network of subdivisions near downtown Utica, and end at Hansons Running Shop.

Online registration is $20 and is open through March 19 at www.signmeup.com/97194.

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Published March 12, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Progressive hearing loss can have both physical and emotional effects on individuals and frustrate both them and others, said Shelby Township Senior Center Coordinator Amy Drake.

A new support group, which meets from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Shelby Township Senior Center, aims to help hard-of-hearing individuals learn how to cope with their hearing loss, share their challenges and help one another.

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Published March 12, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Department of Public Works Director David Miller estimated that approximately 10-15 percent of Shelby Township water consumers — up to 10,000 people — get their water from a private well.

Groundwater Awareness Week is March 9-15, and it is important for citizens to take care of their water wells because they are their personal responsibility — Miller said the DPW does not maintain private wells.

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Published March 12, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The retirement of former Police Chief Roland Woelkers in late January created a vacancy in the top position at the Shelby Township Police Department.

At a work session Feb. 10, the Board of Trustees and Human Resource Director Lisa Suida interviewed the single candidate for chief, Capt. Stephen Stanbury.

Stanbury was the only qualifying candidate out of the three command officers who applied for the position, as determined by the Police and Fire Civil Service Commission.

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Published March 5, 2014

At roughly 6 a.m. March 5, during the Shelby Township Police Department’s shift change, the department received a call regarding an industrial accident.

The accident occurred at Colonial Plastics, located on Filomena Drive, near 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads, and claimed the life of a 23-year-old Washington Township man, police said.

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Published March 5, 2014

UTICA — Through Wish Upon A Wedding, teams of wish-granters donate professional services and products to provide couples facing health problems with a wedding that includes everything, except alcohol, free of charge.

So far, Wish Upon A Wedding has granted more than 60 weddings and vow renewals for individuals with terminal illnesses and other life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation, since its inception in 2010. The organization has handled two weddings in Michigan, including one for a Utica couple.

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